SMU vs. UCF - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Methodist Mustangs (19-9) at Central Florida Knights (14-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)
The Line: UCF Knights +1 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs (19-9, 9-7 CONF) and the UCF Golden Knights (14-14, 5-11 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, March 4th for an American Conference matchup at the Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
SMU is coming off a 66-62 home loss to Wichita State in their last game. SMU has now lost three of their last four games overall, despite them being two games above .500 in conference play. UCF is coming off a 65-54 road loss to Tulsa in their last game. UCF is now on a three-game losing streak, and they have lost four of their last five overall.
SMU scores 73.9 points per game on 45.4 percent field goal shooting this season. SMU’s leading scorer is G Kendric Davis, who scores 14.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for SMU is F Feron Hunt, who earns 6.7 rebounds per game. SMU allows 69.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.9 scoring differential so far this season. SMU also earns 36.6 rebounds, 15.8 assists, 3.2 blocks, and 5.9 steals per game as a team.
UCF scores 68.3 points per game on 42.9 percent field goal shooting this season. UCF’s leading scorer is F Collin Smith, who scores 12.4 points per game. The leading rebounder for UCF is G Dazon Ingram, who earns 7.0 rebounds per game. UCF allows 68.5 rebounds per game to the opposition, thus they have a -.2 scoring differential so far this season. UCF also earns 34.8 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team.
SMU is 14-13-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. SMU is also 5-6 against the spread on the road so far this season. UCF is 13-15 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. UCF is also 3-11 against the spread at home so far this season.
This one is tough, as both teams have been really inconsistent throughout the season. SMU does have the edge as the better team slightly, and the fact that they already defeated UCF earlier this season, so I will take SMU.