Tulane vs East Carolina Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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The Tulane Green Wave (17-9, 10-5 AAC) go up against the East Carolina Pirates (14-14, 5-10 AAC) at 9:00 PM ET on Wednesday in AAC play. The matchup airs on ESPNU.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Green Wave and the Pirates sees the Green Wave as a solid, 6.5-point favorite. The over/under is 155 points for the matchup.

Tulane vs. East Carolina Odds

Point Spread for Tulane vs. East Carolina

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Tulane as the favorite.

Tulane vs. East Carolina Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Tulane has -269 odds to pick up the win, while East Carolina is listed at +219 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 155 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Location: Greenville, North Carolina
  • Arena: Minges Coliseum

Tulane vs. East Carolina Betting Trends

In Tulane’s 26 games this year, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Green Wave have been favorites in 18 games this season and have come away with the win 12 times (66.7%) in those contests. Tulane has hit the over in 60.7% of its opportunities this year (17 times in 28 games with a set point total).

East Carolina has 16 wins against the spread in 28 games this season. The Pirates have won 35.3% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (6-11). East Carolina’s games this year have hit the over 53.6% of the time (15 out of 28 games with a set point total).

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Tulane vs. East Carolina Key Players to Watch

Tulane

Jaylen Forbes puts up 18.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 41.4% from the floor and 37.5% from downtown with 2.8 made 3-pointers per contest. Kevin Cross paces his squad in rebounds per contest (6.2), and also averages 14.8 points and 4.2 assists. Defensively, he puts up 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Sion James posts 10.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest, shooting 50.8% from the floor.

East Carolina

Brandon Johnson leads the Pirates in rebounding (8 per game), and puts up 12.7 points and 1.9 assists. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. RJ Felton is putting up team highs in points (13.6 per game) and assists (1.6). And he is contributing 4.4 rebounds, making 39.3% of his shots from the floor and 31.9% from 3-point range, with 1.9 treys per contest. Javon Small gives the Pirates 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He also puts up 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Jaden Walker is the Pirates’ top assist man (2.7 per game), and he posts 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.

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What you need to know about the Tulane Green Wave

So far this season, 12 out of Tulane’s 15 AAC games have hit the over. The Green Wave have been carried by their offense, as they rank 14th-best in the country by averaging 81.2 points per game. They rank 332nd in college basketball in points allowed (76.1 per contest). Tulane ranks -3-worst in college basketball with 36.6 rebounds allowed per contest. Meanwhile, it is grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game (299th-ranked in college basketball).

At home, the Green Wave are scoring 0.3 more points per game (83.8) than they are away from home (83.5). So far this season, Tulane is draining 7.9 treys per game (120th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 34.1% (191st-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Green Wave have found it difficult to defend shooters from beyond the arc, ranking 0-worst in college basketball with 9.6 threes allowed per game. They rank 292nd by allowing a 35.6% three-point percentage to opponents this year.

The Green Wave have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 6-4 overall in their past 10 games. Seven of Tulane’s past 10 games have hit the over. In its last 10 games, Tulane has been racking up 79.5 points per contest, an average that’s slightly lower than the 81.2 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Tulane has been more porous on the defensive side of the ball lately, allowing 79.3 points per game over its past 10 outings compared to the 76.1 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the East Carolina Pirates

East Carolina has won seven games against the spread this season in conference action, while failing to cover or pushing eight times. In 2022-23, the Pirates are 252nd in the country offensively (69 points scored per game) and 199th defensively (70.6 points conceded). On the glass, East Carolina is 99th in college basketball in rebounds (33.2 per game). It is 202nd in rebounds allowed (31.5 per game).

At home, the Pirates score 71.5 points per game. On the road, they average 61.9. With 7.7 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 31.7% from downtown, East Carolina is 146th and 309th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. The Pirates are 73rd in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.4 per game) and 153rd in 3-point percentage defensively (33.3%).

The Pirates have gone 4-6 over their past 10 contests, with a 4-4-2 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 contests, East Carolina has hit the over six times. While East Carolina is scoring 69 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its previous 10 games, tallying 68 points per contest. The Pirates are giving up 74.1 points per contest in their last 10 games, which is 3.5 more points than they are allowing for the season (70.6).

Tulane vs. East Carolina Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Tulane, and we expect that East Carolina will cover the spread (Tulane -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 155 points.

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How to bet Tulane vs. East Carolina

You can bet on Tulane vs. East Carolina at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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