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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Thursday, March 14, 10:00 PM. ET.
The Wichita State Shockers will be going for their fifth consecutive win when they take on the East Carolina Pirates in the first round of the AAC tournament on Thursday night.
Pirates Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
The Pirates are coming off a disappointing regular season after losing 20 of their 30 regular season games. They have lost their last four games and 14 of their last 16 games and will be trying to snap out of the funk by snapping their losing streak against the Shockers and picking up their third win in their last 17 games.
— ECU Men’s Basketball (@ecubasketball) March 13, 2019
East Carolina struggled offensively, giving up 67.7 points per game. The team shot 41 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range.
Jayden Gardner leads the way for the Pirates with 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Shawn Williams is averaging 12.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, while Seth LeDay is averaging 11 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Pirates have also struggled defensively and are giving up 74.2 points per game. They gave up 86 points per game in their last four games and will need to play significantly better if they want to beat the Shockers on Thursday.
Shockers Going For Seventh Win In Eight Games
The Shockers played well during the regular season, but they couldn’t keep up with the Houston Cougar, who won the regular season title. Despite their solid play, the Shockers are not projected to make the NCAA tournament and will need to win the AAC tournament to secure a berth.
Guard @_dontaee named to The American's All-Freshman Team today…
▶️ 7.8 ppg
▶️ 5.1 rpg (most by a freshman guard in Shocker history)
▶️ 39.4% 3-point FG
▶️ 1 game-winning 3-pointer 😤
Story: https://t.co/g874UbW8Ap#watchus pic.twitter.com/X4GXw9BoQi
— Wichita State MBB (@GoShockersMBB) March 11, 2019
Wichita State is an average offensive team, scoring 70.6 points per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range.
Markis McDuffie leads the way for the Shockers with 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 12.2 points and 2.7 assists per game, while Jaime Echenique is averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Shockers have done well defensively, holding opponents to 69.5 points per game. They gave up 63 points per game in their last four games and will need to keep playing well on defense if they want to win this game and this tournament.
Wichita State is:
- 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
East Carolina is:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Shockers have played well against the spread, winning seven of their last11 games and six of their last eight games following a straight up win. The Pirates have struggled against the spread, losing their last four games and eight of their last 10 games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Wichita State Shockers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Pirates have played over the total in five of their last six games and in four of their last five games following a straight up loss. The Shockers have played over the total in six of their last eight Thursday games and in 21 of their last 31 games against AAC opponents.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Shockers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Pirates in the first half of their last three games, averaging 37.3 points per game while the Pirates average 30.3 points per game.
Prediction: Wichita State Shockers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Pirates and Shockers are averaging 67.6 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will stay under the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.