Cincinnati vs. UCF - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Central Florida Knights (13-11) at Cincinnati Bearcats (17-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -11 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The UCF Knights will travel to Fifth Third Arena to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UCF Knights had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-11 (4-8 AAC) on the season after UCF struggled offensively agianst the tough Wichita State defense and couldn’t make a run in the 2nd half after going into halftime trailing by a 33-20 margin. UCF shot just 31.7% from the field and 28.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Knights was Matt Milon who had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, UCF is averaging 67.9 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Knights are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCF has been led by Collin Smith (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 spg), Ceasar DeJesus (10.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Dazon Ingram (8.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.8 apg).
Defensively, UCF is allowing their opponents to average 67.0 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Knights have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Cincinnati Bearcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-8 (10-3 AAC) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 70-67 in OT, this past Sunday. Cincinnati allowed East Carolina to force OT after leading by a 56-48 margin with just 5:00 Minutes left in regulation, however, the Bearcats started the OT period on a 5-0 run and held on for the road win. Cincinnati shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded East Carolina by a 41-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Tre Scott who had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 4 steals.
On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 73.2 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Bearcats are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by Jarron Cumberland (15.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Keith Williams (12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Tre Scott (10.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Bearcats have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-1 ATS in their last three games against Cincinnati. The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 7-5 ATS at home on the season.
UCF has been led by their defense that ranks 118th in scoring defense and 115th in defensive FG%, however, the offense has struggled for the Knights as it currently ranks 274th in scoring offense and 258th in FG%.
Cincinnati comes into this game ranked 120th in scoring offense, 99th in scoring defense, and 44th in defensive FG%.
Cincinnati had no trouble taking care of business at UCF earlier this season in a 68-54 win in early January and as I think the Bearcats defense once again gives the UCF offense a bunch of trouble, I’m taking Cincinnati to cover this double-digit spread.