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East Carolina Pirates (9-3) vs Ohio Bobcats (7-5)
Monday, Dec 23rd @ 2 pm (ESPN)
Line: East Carolina by 13.5
How East Carolina got here: The Pirates had a strong season in which they went 2-1 against ACC opponents. They beat UNC (55-31) and NC State (42-28) and barely lost to Virginia Tech (15-10). Unfortunately, they lost their season finale at Marshall by 31 and that game was essentially a play-in for the Conference USA Championship Game. With back-to-back winning seasons, Ruffin McNeil has this team on the right track.
How Ohio got here: The last two years for the Bobcats have played out very similarly. They get off to a strong start but then fade down the stretch. This season, they started out 6-2 but then got blown out in three straight games before finishing the season with a win over lowly UMass.no comments