AAC Conference Tournament First Round betting preview and odds

The AAC Conference Tournament gets underway with opening round action from Hartford. The action kicks off Thursday afternoon with East Carolina taking on Temple followed by Tulane and Tulsa, concluding with South Florida battling Connecticut.

Tournament to be played at XL Center, in Hartford, Connecticut

East Carolina Pirates vs Temple Owls (-5, 132)

The teams split two regular season meetings with each taking care of business on home court as Temple posted a 19-point victory in early January before East Carolina took their revenge with a 14-point win in mid-February. For East Carolina the 78 points scored in that game was their second highest scoring game of the year.  The Pirates enter tournament play ranked 340th nationally in points per game (62.3) and finished their conference schedule at 6-12.

Temple wasn’t much better for most of the year, going 7-11 in AAC action with two straight wins to close out the regular season. The Owls have had success on neutral site games finishing 3-0 this season with wins over West Virginia and Florida State. Thursday has been a sneaky good day of the week for Temple as they have covered in eight of their last nine games.  In contrast the Pirates have struggled to cover on Thursdays, only cashing three of their last 16 contests.

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TRENDS:

* Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
* Owls are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. 
* Over is 6-1 in Pirates last 7 games following a straight up loss.
* Over is 9-1-1 in Owls last 11 neutral site games.
* Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

 

Tulane Green Wave vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (-4.5, 149)

Tulane’s Cameron Reynolds scored a career-high 31 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers
as the Green Wave defeated the Golden Hurricane in the regular-season
finale for both teams Sunday. Reynolds reached double figures in
17 straight games, raising his average to 17 points, sixth in the AAC.
After enduring a miserable stretch, Tulane won two of its last five
games to climb out of the cellar in the conference finishing with a 3-15
mark in the AAC. The Green Wave are a miserable 2-14 ATS in games played on Thursday.

Tulsa, seeded seventh, lost two straight and eight of
its last 10, ruining a promising start to conference play. The Golden
Hurricane, who raced out to a 5-1 mark in the AAC, won the first meeting
against the Green Wave 89-82. Junior Etou is the lone Hurricane in double-figures averaging 12.8
points a game but freshman Martins Igbanu (6.2 points) was a key figure
down the stretch. Igbanu, a burly 6-8 forward, scored in double figures
in six of his last seven games including a career-high 19 last game as
he was recently inserted into the starting lineup. This is the first
season that Tulsa is playing a first-round game in the AAC tournament
after finishing second in the standings two seasons ago and third last
year.

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TRENDS:

* Golden Hurricane are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.
* Over is 6-0 in Green Wave last 6 games following a ATS win.
* Over is 6-0 in Golden Hurricane last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
* Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
* Green Wave are 2-8-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

 

South Florida Bulls vs Connecticut Huskies (-14, 131.5)

The South Florida Bulls limp into the tournament losers of five straight and went
1-17 in conference play. Interim coach Murry Bartow has done little to
stake a claim to retaining the position with a record of 1-15 since
replacing Orlando Antigua on Jan. 3. The Bulls average 64.8 points which ranks 326th out of 347 Division I
teams. Geno Thorpe leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points with Troy
Holston Jr. next at 9.9 points. The Bulls’ lone conference win of the
season was a 64-57 home decision over East Carolina, and they’ve lost 18
times by double-figures.

A season-ending four-game losing streak cost Connecticut a first-round bye in the American Athletic Conference tournament. Sixth-seeded UConn defeated No. 11 seed USF twice this year, including a
97-51 rout last game when it opened the contest with a 17-1 run. But
the Huskies continue to be plagued by injuries as star guard Jalen Adams
is slowed with an ankle injury, and freshmen Christian Vital and Vance
Jackson recently suffered concussions and enter the game questionable. Adams (team highs of 14.1 points and 6.3 assists) was an all-conference
first-team selection and is expected to play with a bad ankle.

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TRENDS:

* Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
* Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
* Over is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
* Over is 5-0 in Huskies last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
* Bulls are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.


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