Houston Cougars vs. East Carolina Pirates: 2/3/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on February 3, 2021

The East Carolina Pirates (7-6) are expected to continue a five-game losing streak when they host the No. 5 Houston Cougars (15-1) as 16-point underdogs at 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Minges Coliseum. The matchup airs on ESPN+. The point total in the matchup is set at 129.

Betting Information

Houston vs East Carolina Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Houston -16 -110 -110 129 -109 -112 -2500 1064

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Houston vs East Carolina
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
East Carolina (+16) Over (129) Houston 73 East Carolina 58

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Total Facts

  • In nine of 16 games (56.2%) this year, the Cougars and their opponents have combined for this matchup’s over/under of 129 points.
  • East Carolina and its opponents have added up to score at least 129 points in 61.5% of their matchups this year (eight of 13 opportunities).
  • These teams average a combined 141.9 points per game, 12.9 more points than the over/under of 129 set for this game.
  • The Cougars and the Pirates have seen their opponents average a combined 6.6 fewer points per game than the over/under of 129 set in this matchup.
  • The average point total for Cougars games this season is 1.1 more points than the total of 129 in this matchup.
  • The average total for Pirates games this season is 5.2 more points than the point total of 129 in this outing.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Cougars average 7.7 more points per game (74.1) than the Pirates allow (66.4).
  • When Houston scores more than 66.4 points, it is 13-0 overall and 10-0 against the spread.
  • East Carolina is 1-2 against the spread and 1-2 overall when giving up more than 74.1 points.
  • The Pirates average 11.8 more points per game (67.8) than the Cougars give up (56).
  • East Carolina is 3-0 against the spread and 7-4 overall when it scores more than 56 points.
  • Houston has a 0-0 record overall and an ATS record of 0-0 in games when its opponents put up more than 67.8 points.
  • The Cougars have put up a total of 290 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 18.1 per game), and the Pirates have out-scored opponents by only 18 points on the season (1.4 more per game).

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Houston Betting Information

  • The Cougars have been solid against the spread this season, earning a 12-4 record.
  • The Cougars have posted a winning record of 3-1 against the spread when the spread is -16 or bigger.
  • Houston and its opponents have reached the over/under in just 6 of 16 games this season (37.5%).

East Carolina Betting Information

  • East Carolina has a losing record against the spread, going 3-8 ATS (covering just 27.3% of the time).
  • East Carolina has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 36.4% of matchups this year (4 out of 11 opportunities).

Head to Head

Houston vs East Carolina (Last 3 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/29/2020 Houston -13 141 -1112 +675 Regular Season 69-59 UH
2/27/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 99-65 UH
1/23/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 94-50 UH

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Houston Leaders

  • The Cougars scoring leader is Quentin Grimes, who averages 16.8 per contest to go with 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
  • Justin Gorham leads Houston in rebounding, averaging 10.1 per game, while DeJon Jarreau leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 4.0 in each contest.
  • Marcus Sasser contributes the bulk of the Cougars’ three-point shooting production. He hits 3.3 threes per game to pace the team.
  • Sasser is the Cougars leader in steals, averaging 1.4 steals per game, while Brison Gresham leads them in blocks with 1.5 per contest.

East Carolina Leaders

  • Jayden Gardner puts up 17.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Pirates, enough to make him the leading scorer and rebounder on the team.
  • Tristen Newton dishes out 4.2 assists per game, the most assists on the Pirates.
  • Tremont Robinson-White is consistent from three-point range and leads the Pirates with 1.5 made threes per game.
  • Newton (1.4 steals per game) is the steal leader for East Carolina while Ludgy Debaut (1.2 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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