The East Carolina Pirates lost four starters from the team that won the CIT Championship last season, but they still salvaged a winning record at 16-15 and their offense should be enough to get by the 8-21 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, who just completed their first season in Conference USA at 4-12 in conference play. Neither of these teams is known for defense, with East Carolina ranking 279th in defensive efficiency and 231st in effective field goal percentage allowed, and UTSA grading out even worse at a horrific 330th in defensive efficiency and 337th in effective field goal percentage allowed. Thus, this game should be decided by the better offense and ECU looks to have a decided edge with a 51.0 percent effective filed goal percentage, while UTSA is 261st in the land at 47.4 percent. Texas-San Antonio is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games vs. teams with winning records.
Pick: East Carolina -5½