Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#717 East Carolina (ECU) vs.
#718 Old Dominion (ODU)
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Liam Keating

Two great mid-major programs meet on Saturday, Nov. 26. East Carolina has a record of 5-1 this season, and the ODU Monarchs have a record of 3-3 as they are coming off of a loss to Davidson earlier this week. The two teams look for a key non-conferee victory early in the season. The tip-off between these two teams is slated for 7 P.M. EST. 

East Carolina jumps out to 5 wins

The Pirates have a record of 5-1 this season as they have defeated similar mid-major programs around the country. The only loss for East Carolina this season has been a 4-point loss to Indiana State by a final score of 79-75. The Pirates are coming off a win over the University of Texas-Arlington by a final score of 79-65.

East Carolina led for the majority of the game against the Mavericks. The Mavericks' largest lead was only four points in the game as the Pirates dominated from the jump. The Pirates shot 45.6% from the field and the 3-point ball was their friend. The Pirates shot 9-for-27 from behind the 3-point arc. They out-rebounded the Mavericks, too.

East Carolina’s Javon Small finished with 18 points against the Mavericks. Small is averaging 20.8 points per game which leads the team in points. He is also collecting 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Sophomore guard RJ Felton ended with 16 points and 13 rebounds against Arlington. Felton is averaging 11.5 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.

“I like what we did in the second half as well. I don’t think we closed the game out as well as we would’ve liked to, just in terms of a defensive standpoint. But the defense set the tone for us in the first half. We held them in the low 30s percentage-wise and that’s still going to be what sparks us, and I thought it sparked our offense, particularly in the second half,” head coach Michael Schwartz said to the media following the game against Arlington.

The Pirates are averaging 79.3 points per game which ranks 84th in the nation. East Carolina is shooting 44% from the field which ranks them 203rd in the nation. They are also hitting 36% of their shots from behind the 3-point arc. That mark puts them at 101st in the country. On defense, the Pirates are allowing 42.5% of their opposition’s shots to be made, which marks 192nd in the country. Opposing teams are hauling in 27.7 rebounds per game which is very low as the Pirates are ranked 47th in the country.

Ben Stanley leads Old Dominion

The Monarchs enter Saturday’s game with a record of 3-3. Old Dominion has wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore, Virginia Wesleyan and Furman. The Monarchs have lost to Drexel, Virginia Tech and Davidson. 

In their latest game, Old Dominion lost to Davidson by a final score of 66-61. The biggest lead for the Monarchs was five points throughout the entire game. The shooting was the problem in the game against Davidson as they shot 39.1% from the field and 28.6% from behind the 3-point line. Leading the way for Old Dominion was Ben Stanley. The senior forward scored 20 points on 9-for-19 points. He went 0-2 from behind the 3-point line. He finished with 10 rebounds as he had a double-double in the game against Davidson. 

Stanley is the leading point scoring for the Monarchs as he averages 15.5 points per game. The Monarchs are also have two other double digits point scorers. Tyreek Scott-Grayson and Chaunce Jenkins are averaging above 10 points per game. Old Dominion’s guard Mekhi Long has been one of the top players for the team. He is averaging close to double figures with 9.2 points per game. He is also hauling in an average of 9.5 rebounds per game. 

The Monarchs are middling around the middle and towards the bottom of the rankings in all statistical categories. Old Dominion is shooting an average of 44.3% from the field which ranks 195th in the country. They are hauling in 38.3 rebounds which ranks 30th in the nation. On defense, opposing teams are shooting 42.5% from the field which ranks 194th in the country. 

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The Pirates enter with a far better as they have won 5 games and only dropped one this year. The Monarchs are 3-3 this year and are coming off a close loss to Davidson this week. ECU is led by Javon Small, who is scoring over 20 points per game. East Carolina has shown that they score big with four of their five wins coming by double figures. The Monarchs have lost two of their three losses by single digits. The scoring ability of the Pirates will keep them in this game and show that they can win on the road. 

Take the Pirates to cover. 

Prediction: East Carolina Pirates +4.5

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The offense for East Carolina has been humming all season long and their defense has allowed opposing offenses to score at will. The over has hit all six of their games. The over has hit in three of Old Dominion’s first five games of the year. The over is 7-0 in  the Pirates last seven overall. Old Dominion is allowing an average of 69 points per game. Their offense is scoring close to 72 points per game. The over is the move on Saturday afternoon. 

Take the over. 

Prediction: Over 140.5
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Written By Liam Keating , "Liam Keating"

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