Cincinnati at Central Florida: 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Cincinnati at Central Florida: 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Central Florida Knights (16-9) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (17-10)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Florida Knights -2 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and UCF Knights face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at CFE Arena. When these two teams faced off in February of 2021 it was Cincinnati that won 69-68. 

Cincinnati comes into this game with a 17-10 record overall and they have gone 9-14-3 against the spread. Coming has lost three of their last four games and in the last game against Temple, they didn’t look good. At halftime, Temple was up 47-33 and they couldn’t make the comeback in the second half. Cincinnati is averaging 71.2 points while their defense is giving up 65.4 points per game. David DeJulius has been the top player all season averaging 14.7 points while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is the UCF Knights who sit with a 16-9 record and they have gone 10-15 against the spread. The Knights have won three of their last four games, and the only loss came a few games ago against Houston. The offense could only manage 52 points and that led to the 18 point defeat. In the last game against East Carolina, Central Florida scored 69 points and came away with the victory. Darin Green Jr has been the top player for UCF averaging 13.6 points while shooting 41 percent from the field. 

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UCF is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 6-0 in Cincinnati’s last six games. The under is 7-1 in UCF’s last eight home games. The over is 5-1 in Cincinnati’s last six games played on Wednesday. Cincinnati is 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games following three or more consecutive home games. 

These are two teams that are heading in different directions and Cincinnati is going to struggle to score in this game. Look for UCF’s defense to slow down and that is going to be the difference as the Knights get the job done. Back UCF against the spread. 

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