South Florida at Central Florida: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Central Florida Knights (6-11) vs South Florida Bulls (7-7)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)
Betting Odds: Central Florida Knights -3.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Florida Bulls will travel to Additional Financial Arena to take on the UCF Knights this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The South Florida Bulls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-7 on the season after being defeated by the Tulane Green Wave, 62-59, this past Sunday. South Florida trailed by a 27-23 margin at halftime and could not fight back after the Green Wave took a 53-49 lead with 1:37 left in regulation. South Florida shot 41.1% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc while Tulane shot 42.2% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. South Florida outrebounded Tulane by a 41-25 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 18-11 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Brown who had 16 points & 5 rebounds.
On the season, South Florida is averaging 67.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Florida has been led by David Collins (12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Alexis Yetna (9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Caleb Murphy (9.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), & Justin Brown (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, South Florida is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 6.6 and a turnover margin of -2.2.
The UCF Knights dropped to 6-11 on the season after being defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats, 69-68, this past Sunday. UCF struggled defensively against Cincinnati and could not fight all the way back after the Bearcats took a 63-56 lead with just 1:32 left in regulation. UCF shot 40.0% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc while Cincinnati shot 48.1% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. UCF won the turnover battle by a 13-8 margin, however, was outrebounded by Cincinnati by a 39-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Knights was Brandon Mahan who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
On the season, UCF is averaging 65.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Knights are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCF has been led by Darius Perry (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Brandon Mahan (14.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Darin Green Jr. (11.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Isaiah Adams (7.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, UCF is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Knights have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 road games. The Knights are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 Wednesday games, however, are just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win.
South Florida returned to action last week after about a month off due to covid-19 protocols and despite losing both games (Houston & Tulane), I was encouraged by their strong defensive performance against Tulane this past weekend. UCF has had an up and down season, however, this is a team that has struggled to score the basketball this season as they come into this game ranked just 297th in scoring offense & 275th in FG%. I expect this to be a low-scoring battle in this one and as I think both these teams are evenly matched, I am taking South Florida to keep it close enough to cover with the points. Good Luck!