Houston vs. UCF Prediction - Basketball Picks 1/25/23

Central Florida Knights (13-6) vs Houston Cougars (18-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)

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The Houston Cougars will play the UCF Knights in an AAC game on Wednesday night at Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Florida.

Houston Preview

The Houston Cougars are 18-2 (6-1) this season after they lost to Temple by a score of 56-55 in their last game. Houston shot 33.9% from the field and only 52.4% on free throws in the loss. The Houston Cougars are averaging 75.1 points per game, 53.4 points against per game, 39.5 rebounds per game, and 14.4 assists per game. Marcus Sasser has led the Cougars this season with 16.7 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, and 2.9 rebounds per game. Houston is shooting 46.5% from the field, 70.3% on free throws, and 35.6% on three pointers this year.

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UCF Preview

The UCF Knights are 13-6 (4-3) this season after they lost to South Florida by a score of 85-72 in their last game. UCF shot 41.8% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the loss. The UCF Knights are averaging 72.1 points per game, 64.5 points against per game, 37.3 rebounds per game, and 13.7 assists per game. Taylor Hendricks has led the Knights this season with 14.3 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. UCF is shooting 43% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 35.9% on three pointers this year.

Trends

Houston is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 20-9-2 in Houston’s last 31 games. UCF is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss. The under is 16-7 in UCF’s last 23 home games and the over is 12-5-1 in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings. 

Pick

Houston is coming off of their first conference loss of the season after they lost to Temple in their last game, while UCF has lost two games in a row. UCF has struggled on defense in their last few games, allowing 85, 77, and 104 points. Houston is only allowing 53.4 points against per game and is the better team in this matchup. I like the Cougars on the road.

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