East Carolina at Central Florida: 2/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

East Carolina at Central Florida: 2/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Central Florida Knights (15-9) vs East Carolina Pirates (13-12)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Florida Knights -9.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates and Central Florida Knights face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown at CFE Arena. When these two teams faced off on January 18th it was UCF that won 92-85. 

Darius Perry and Brandon Mahan were the best players for UCF scoring 19 points. East Carolina was led by Tristen Newton scoring 27 points.

East Carolina comes into this game with a 13-12 record overall and they have gone 13-12 against the spread. The Pirates are having a down season, but they are coming off a big win in their last game against South Florida. The defense only gave up 57 points and that led to the victory. The Pirates are averaging 69.8 points while their defense is giving up 71.8 points per game. Tristen Newton has been the top player for East Carolina averaging 17.1 points while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from the field.

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On the other side of this matchup is the Central Florida Knights who come into this game with a 15-9 record and they have gone 10-14 against the spread. Coming into this game they have won two of their last three games and the one loss was against Houston. In that game, Houston could only manage 52 points. Central Florida is averaging 70.1 points while their defense is giving up 67.6 points per game. Darin Green Jr has been the top player for Central Florida averaging 13.4 points while shooting 41 percent from the field. 

Central Florida is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a straight up loss. East Carolina 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 4-1-1 in East Carolina’s last six games played on Sunday. 

The first time these two teams played the game was higher scoring, but I don’t think that is going to be the case in this one. East Carolina knows to have a chance they need to slow down the pace, and they are going to find success doing that. Back the under to cash. 

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