Loyola MD vs. East Carolina Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed East Carolina as a 3.5-point favorite over Loyola-Maryland, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 147 points. The Greyhounds are 21-11 and 7-7 on the road, while the Pirates are 18-12 overall and 13-4 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Pirates opened as 1.5-point favorites over the Greyhounds, but the spread has been bet up to 3.5 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 143 and has been bet up to 147, 147.5 or 148.5 depending on what sports book you view.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 60% of college basketball public bettors currently favor East Carolina. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Loyola-Maryland. According to the latest college basketball trends, Loyola is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games following three or more consecutive home games. East Carolina is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
The Loyola Greyhounds take on the East Carolina Pirates for the first time in the College Invitational Tournament quarterfinals. Loyola (23-11 SU, 13-14-1 ATS) beat Kent State, 73-59 at home on Sunday, giving 4.5. East Carolina (20-12 SU, 13-10-2 ATS) defeated Rider, 75-54 at home on Saturday, giving 4. The Greyhounds are finished the regular season tied for second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings with Rider as they both had 12-6 records at the conclusion of the campaign. Loyola beat Boston University in the first round of the CIT, 70-63, giving 7.5. Erik Etherly dominated Kent State with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while dishing out four assists. Dylon Cormier added 18 points and Robert Olson chipped in with 10. Cormier leads the Greyhounds at 16.5 ppg, while Etherly (15.9 ppg) and Olson (12.8 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Anthony Winbush is is the top defender at 6-foot-7 and a long wing span. He also leads in rebounding (6.2 rpg) for Loyola. The Greyhounds wins with defense as they have held 14 of their opponents to less than 60 points, including three under the 50-point mark. Their only experience this season against Conference USA came with a 78-64 loss to the league champion Memphis Tigers. East Carolina handled Rider, but barely edged Savannah State, 66-65 in their opening game at home, giving 6.5. The Greyhounds have the ability to defend and are athletic enough to win this game outright. East Carolina's defense is subpar as they allow teams to shoot 44.8 percent and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Greyhounds are 7-7 while on the road this season, 12-7 against conference opponents, and 11-4 against non conference opponents.
2013 CIT TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: LOYOLA-MARYLAND +3.5