Against the Spread Pick
The Houston Cougars have won four games in a row and 10 of their last 11 heading into Wednesday’s date with the East Carolina Pirates. Houston has won three of its last four by at least nine points, including a 68-49 rout of South Florida this past Sunday. Five different players are averaging at least 9.8 points per game. The Pirates are 1-3 in their last four and all three of those setbacks have come by at least 15 points. Only Jayden Gardner is averaging in double-figures. The Cougars are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 overall, 21-7 in their last 28 at home, and 35-17-3 ATS in their last 55 against opponents with losing records. East Carolina is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 following a win. It is also worth noting that the favorite is 16-4-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings between the two teams. Roll with HOUSTON.
Over Under Pick
Gardner is a bit of a one-man offensive show for the Cardinals, who do not have anyone else contributing more than 9.6 ppg (Brandon Suggs). As a team, the Pirates are shooting a laughable 28.3 percent from long distance. The under is 5-0 in the Cougars’ last five overall and 4-0 in their last four following a win. It is also 5-2 in the Pirates’ last seven at home. Look for this one to stay UNDER the total.