Betting on today's Pirates and Owls game? Catch the action at FAU Arena in Boca Raton, FL, as the Owls hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. This American Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 147.5 points, and the Owls are favored to win at home vs. the Pirates.


The Pick: East Carolina Pirates +17.5

This game will be played at FAU Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-70 in favor of the Owls.
  • Even though we have Florida Atlantic winning straight-up, we like East Carolina at +17.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Pirates Find a Way to Win in Boca Raton?

East Carolina is preparing for their 14th game of the season, holding a 7-6 record. Over their previous three games, including last year, East Carolina is 0-3 on the road. As East Carolina enters today's game, their ATS record stands at 5-7. Looking back at their last five games, they are 2-3 vs. the spread.

East Carolina's games have, on average, featured 143.5 points per game leading to an over/under record of 6-6-0. Their average over/under line is currently 143.6 points so far. When looking at the Pirates' last three games, their over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 139 points per game.

In their latest game, East Carolina offense put up 70 points against East Tennessee State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 34.9% and made 5 threes. The team's scoring leader is Russell Felton Jr., who holds an average of 16.8 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Ezra Ausar is averaging 13.8 points per game this season.

At this time, the Pirates' defense is positioned 126th in the country, permitting 70.0 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.0 threes per game vs. Florida Atlantic. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.4%.

Does Florida Atlantic Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Florida Atlantic enters today's game with a 10-3 overall record. When playing away from home, the Owls have a record of 4-2, while at home they are 6-1. As of now, Florida Atlantic has a winning ATS record, sitting at 9-4. In their previous five games, the team is 3-2 vs. the spread.

After 13 games, Florida Atlantic has an over/under record of 7-6-0, with their games averaging a combined 153.7 points per game so far. The Owls' have recorded an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 149 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Florida Atlantic offense tallied 68 points in a matchup against Florida Gulf Coast. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.4%, and they made 4 threes. The team's scoring leader is Johnell Davis, who holds an average of 16.3 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Vladislav Goldin is averaging 14.9 points per game this season.

At present, the Owls' defense is nationally ranked 136th, allowing 70.5 points per game. The Florida Atlantic defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 72 points and allowed Florida Gulf Coast to connect on 9 threes.