East Carolina Pirates vs. Connecticut Huskies, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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9-10 January 22, 6:00 PM | XL Center 7-11

When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
TV: 6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network

Team  Spread Money Line Total
East Carolina Pirates +8.5 (-110) +330 119 -110
Connecticut Huskies -8.5 (-110) -400 119 -110

The East Carolina Pirates and the Connecticut Huskies will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at XL Center.

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (9-10, 1-5 AAC): Assistant Michael Perry, who was the coach at Georgia State from 2003-07, will lead the Pirates in Lebo’s absence. Lebo doesn’t know how long he’ll be away from the team and Perry will be without Tyson’s playmaking and team-leading 11.9 points per game. Freshman Elijah Hughes, a 6-foot-6 slasher, started for Tyson and scored 16 of 18 points in the first half against the Bearcats.

ABOUT UCONN (7-11, 2-4): The Huskies snapped a four-game losing streak earlier in the month with back-to-back wins against UCF and Temple but any momentum they had is gone again after its dismal showing at SMU. Freshman Vance Jackson led UConn with 17 points and Kentan Facey had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season but UConn shot 34 percent from the field overall, including just 21 percent in the first half. Steven Enoch is the latest in a long line of Huskies dealing with injuries as the power forward missed the last game with a foot injury and is not expected to dress against East Carolina.

Oddsmakers currently have the Huskies listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 119.

Connecticut looks to snap a two-game slide when it hosts shorthanded East Carolina in an American Athletic Conference game Sunday. The Pirates are not only without their top scorer, B.J. Tyson, but coach Jeff Lebo also won’t be with the team after undergoing hip surgery.

Just when the Huskies appeared to be headed in the right direction, they’ve lost two in a row including a blowout at the hands of SMU last time. UConn’s leading scorer Jalen Adams was only 1-for-10 from the field and finished with three points in the 69-49 thrashing. East Carolina lost five straight, including a 55-46 home setback against Cincinnati. Tyson missed the contest with a knee injury suffered against Houston and is expected to be out for an extended time.

Connecticut was a 69-49 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Mustangs. They failed to cover the +11-point spread as underdogs.

East Carolina lost its last outing, a 55-46 result against Bearcats on January 15. They covered in that game as a +15.5-point underdog.

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East Carolina:
Team record: 9-10 SU,5-7 ATS
Current Streak: lost 5 straight games.
East Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina’s last 6 games
East Carolina is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road

Team record: 7-11 SU,5-10 ATS
Connecticut is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina home to Tulsa Wednesday, January 25
Connecticut at South Florida Wednesday, January 25

1. Pirates senior F Caleb White is second on the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game but is 3-for-26 from 3-point range in conference play.

2. Both teams were in the bottom 25 of the NCAA in scoring through Friday’s games with neither averaging 65 points a game.

3. UConn is 6-1 all-time and 3-0 against East Carolina in AAC play.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Connecticut Huskies will cover the spread at -8.5 and the game will go over 119 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: UConn 75, East Carolina 62 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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