Free College Basketball Picks Today: East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars 2/25/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars 2/25/23
Sat 25th February 2023

The No. 1 Houston Cougars (26-2, 14-1 AAC), the nation’s top scoring defense, head to face the East Carolina Pirates (14-13, 5-9 AAC) on Saturday. Houston dominated the Tulane Green Wave 89-59 at Fertitta Center on Wednesday, their eighth straight win.

With 26 points and seven rebounds, J’Wan Roberts had a standout performance. The Cougars remain first in the American Athletic Conference. East Carolina won a close one on Tuesday at Donald Reynolds Center, beating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 62-60. Jaden Walker had 24 points to lead the team. The Pirates remain eighth in the American Athletic Conference.

The teams are meeting for the only time this season. Houston came out on top in the only game between the teams last season 79-36 at Fertitta Center in January 2022. Kyler Edwards led the Cougars with 25 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

Tristen Newton had 14 points in the losing effort. Marcus Sasser is averaging 16.9 points per game to lead the Cougars in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Roberts is grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game, and Jamal Shead is dishing 5.6 assists.

RJ Felton and Brandon Johnson have powered the Pirates on offense, averaging 13.6 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Johnson also has posted 8.0 rebounds per game. Javon Small has recorded 3.7 assists per game.

The Cougars are holding opponents to 55.9 points per game, ranking as the best scoring defense in the country. Houston is 9-1 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +15.2 (76.4-61.2). For the season, the Cougars are averaging 76.1 points per game, compared to 55.9 for opponents.

East Carolina has gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 74.8 points per game on average while scoring only 67.8 (-7.0 margin). The Pirates are averaging 69.5 ppg for the full season while allowing 70.4.

COUGARS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Emanuel Sharp: 11.2 | 8.1 | +3.1
Ja’Vier Francis: 5.4 | 9.3 | -3.8
Points per game:
J’Wan Roberts: 14.4 | 10.7 | +3.7
Assists per game:
Jamal Shead: 7.0 | 5.6 | +1.4

PIRATES HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Ezra Ausar: 23.0 | 13.4 | +9.6
Javon Small: 0.0 | 17.4 | -17.4
Points per game:
Ezra Ausar: 13.6 | 8.4 | +5.2
Javon Small: 0.0 | 10.5 | -10.5
Rebounds per game:
Ezra Ausar: 8.8 | 4.6 | +4.2
Assists per game:
Jaden Walker: 5.2 | 2.6 | +2.6
Javon Small: 0.0 | 3.7 | -3.7

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Houston -20.5 (-115)

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