The East Carolina Pirates will head on the road to clash with the Cincinnati Bearcats in an AAC tilt Sunday afternoon from the Fifth Third Arena. The Pirates fell 65-49 to Tulsa on Wednesday night, and the Bearcats fell 60-49 against Memphis on Thursday night. The Pirates tallied a 73-71 home win over the Bearcats in the only meeting last season.
East Carolina's Winning Streak Ends in Loss to Tulsa
The East Carolina Pirates enter this tough matchup on a losing note. They were 2.5 point underdogs in an awful 65-49 home loss to Tulsa in their latest bout. The Pirates had won two straight games prior to that defeat and stand at a respectable 2-2 in AAC play this season. East Carolina leans on its defense to stay in games.
Look out for Jayden Gardner in this game. The sophomore forward is an outstanding talent and has reached 20 points, 11 times this season. Gardner scored 20 points in a recent win against SMU and features an average of 21.2 PPG and 9.1 RPG. Tyrie Jackson has shot below 43% in four straight games. The junior guard went 0 for 12 from beyond the arc in Wednesday’s loss and holds an average of 9.3 points on 38% shooting. Brandon Suggs has only netted a combined 12 points in his last two contests. The freshman forward stands third in team scoring with 9.8 PPG and 3.8 RPG.
The Pirates are placed down at 240th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 0-3 in their three true road games. East Carolina is scoring an average of 69.7 points, ranking them 228th in the country. They are allowing an average of 70.5 points, positioning them 215th in DI.
Cincinnati Scores Season-Low 49 Points
The Cincinnati Bearcats will seek to even their AAC record to 3-3 in this one. The Bearcats had a two-game winning streak snapped in a rough 60-49 road loss to #22 Memphis on Thursday night in a game that had Cincinnati tagged as a four-point dog. The Bearcats defense is their top strength.
Jarron Cumberland has reached 19 points in two out of his last three games. The senior guard is playing well, connecting on at least 50% of his field goals in four out of his last five games and owns an average of 13.7 PPG. Chris Vogt is having an outstanding season and is contributing in the defensive end as well. The junior center features an average of 13.2 PPG on a stellar 68.8% field goal percentage to go with 6.6 RPG. Keith Williams scored 12 points in Wednesday’s defeat. The junior guard is currently averaging 12.4 points on 40% shooting.
The Bearcats are ranked 48th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a 7-1 home record. Cincinnati is not a high scoring team and they are only averaging 71.6 points, placing them 179th overall. They are limiting opponents to 65.6 points, good for 89th in DI.
The East Carolina Pirates are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit home loss.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Cincinnati Bearcats are:
- 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games as a home favorite.
- 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record.