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How and what to watch for No. 5 Houston vs. East Carolina

We go over how to watch Wednesday’s Houston-East Carolina matchup, as well as how to go about betting on the game.

Houston Cougars guard Quentin Grimes dribbles the ball against Tulane Green Wave guard Sion James during the first half at Fertitta Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Houston is on a roll and will host East Carolina on Wednesday in an attempt to extend its winning streak to nine games. Houston is the top-ranked team in the American Athletic Conference, while East Carolina is scraping the bottom of the barrel. It’s safe to say that the Cougars have a major advantage in this matchup.

Houston (15-1, 10-1) sits atop the conference standings and has only suffered a one-point loss to Tulsa this season. Quentin Grimes tallied a season-low six points in the Cougars’ latest win but has carried the scoring load with a team-high 16 points per game. Sophomore guard Marcus Sasser isn’t far behind with 15.6 points per game, and the backcourt duo has a good chance to get going against the Pirates. The Cougars have won by double-digits in six straight games.

East Carolina (7-6, 1-6) has lost five straight games but has been respectable outside of conference play. The Pirates haven’t faced the Cougars yet this season and could need a strong performance from Jayden Gardener, who leads the team in points (17.1) and rebounds (8.1) per game to be competitive.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Houston vs. East Carolina on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Houston -16.5
Point Total: 129
Money line: Houston -2500, East Carolina +1150

  • Houston are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games, with the over 5-4-1 in the last 10.
  • East Carolina are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games, with the over 5-4-1 as well.

The Best Bet

Houston has been a lifeless corpse this season. This should be an easy spot for the Cougars, who can name their score if they choose to get a blowout. We say they’ll want to hang a number in Greenville.

Pick: UH -16.5

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