The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks will return to the court for the first time in nine days when they take on the East Carolina Pirates in non-conference action on Monday. The Hawks (2-4), who weren't able to play their game on Friday due to health concerns within the program, will look for their first win since Nov. 18, when they outlasted Penn 83-80 in overtime. The Pirates (5-3), winners of three of their last four games, used a huge second half to rally past UNC Wilmington 74-66 on Thursday. Maryland-Eastern Shore tied for third-place at 9-5 in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference and were 18-13 overall a year ago, while East Carolina was ninth in the American Athletic Conference at 6-12 and 16-17 overall in 2022-23.
The game will tip off at 4 p.m. ET at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. Maryland-Eastern Shore is averaging 68.2 points per game, while ECU averages 78.1. The Pirates are 15-point favorites in the latest Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. East Carolina odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 146.5. Before making any ECU vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore picks, you'll want to see the predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. East Carolina spread: East Carolina -15
- Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. East Carolina over/under: 146.5 points
- Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. East Carolina money line: Maryland-Eastern Shore +830, East Carolina -1493
- MES: The Hawks have won 13 of their last 21 games (+14.65 units on ML)
- ECU: The Pirates have hit the team total over in 14 of their last 17 games at home (+10.60 units)
- Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. East Carolina picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why East Carolina can cover
Junior guard Bobby Pettiford Jr., who is one of five Pirates averaging 10 or more points per game, scored a career-high 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting as East Carolina rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit to down UNC-Wilmington. The Kansas transfer is no stranger to hitting big shots in the closing moments of games, hitting a half-court heave in the closing seconds of an 85-84 win over Kennesaw State on Nov. 21. Last season, Pettiford lifted Kansas to a win over Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with a last-second layup. For the season, he averages 10 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 28.5 minutes of action.
Junior guard Quentin Diboundje has started six of eight games for the Pirates, and has been a difference-maker. In his second season with East Carolina after spending his freshman year at Tennessee, he scored a season-high 27 points, while grabbing five rebounds in an 82-64 win over Georgia Southern on Nov. 20. He scored 13 points in an 81-59 loss to George Mason on Nov. 25. For the year, he is averaging 10.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 26.3 minutes of play. See who to back at SportsLine.
Why Maryland-Eastern Shore can cover
Junior forward Troy Hupstead, who missed the game against Liberty on Nov. 25, is averaging a double-double. In five games played, he is averaging 13.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards in the 75-55 loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 22. He had a monster game against Penn on Nov. 18, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in an 83-80 overtime win.
Junior guard Chace Davis is one of three Hawks averaging at least 10 points per game. In six games, Davis is averaging 10.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and one assist. He is connecting on 35.1% of his 3-pointers and 90.9% of his free throws. He has reached double-figure scoring in four games, including a season-high 16 points against Penn. See who to back at SportsLine.
How to make Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. ECU picks
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