Free Picks - East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars

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Sunday, March 5, 2017 4:13 PM GMT

We have a family friend staying in the household this weekend that is a Houston Cougar. Pretty rare in my neck of the woods of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a reason to research their basketball team. And you know what? They are pretty good!

   

East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars

 

The 21-9 Houston Cougars host the 14-16 East Carolina Pirates on Sunday afternoon, and the Cougars have been placed as heavy 14-point favorites in this AAC clash. Houston is coming off of a very disappointing 47-65 loss to ranked Cincinnati and will be looking for a convincing win to keep their bubble hopes alive of making the NCAA tournament. For bettors, the Cougars have also been disappointing, losing 4 games in a row coming into this game ATS.

East Carolina has been very good ATS in the last month or so, posting a 4-1 ATS record in their last five games. That is just the kind of trend that oddsmakers want you to focus on. East Carolina has been unable to be competitive on the road at Houston for quite some time, losing their last seven games ATS. Houston blew away East Carolina in the first game they played this season, jumping out to a 47-25 lead at the half. With this huge point spread to cover I like the value that will be presented on a 1st half line, so I will be taking Houston in the 1st half opener at as one of my Sunday college basketball picks.

 

Free NCAA Pick: Houston 1st Half

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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