East Carolina vs UCF Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/5/23

Central Florida Knights (16-13) vs East Carolina Pirates (15-15)

Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Florida Knights -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The East Carolina Pirates and UCF Knights face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown at CFE Arena. When these two teams faced off on January 4th it was Central Florida that secured the 64-61 victory. 

East Carolina Betting Preview

East Carolina comes into this game with a 15-15 record overall and they have gone 18-12 against the spread. In the last game against Tulane, East Carolina scored 78 points and led to the three point defeat. East Carolina is averaging 69.8 points while their defense is giving up 70.8 points per game. The offense is ranked 224th while the defense is ranked 203rd. RJ Felton is having a strong season averaging 13.9 points while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

UCF Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UCF who sits with a 16-13 record overall and they have gone 14-14-1 against the spread. In the last game against Temple, UCF scored only 55 points and they ended up losing by two points. CJ Kelly finished with 19 points, two rebounds, and one assist. Central Florida is averaging 71.6 points while their defense is giving up 65.6 points per game. The offense is ranked 180th while the defense is ranked 60th. Taylor Hendricks is averaging 15.3 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. 

East Carolina vs UCF Trends

East Carolina is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record. The over is 7-0 in UCF’s last seven home games. The over is 6-0 in UCF’s last six home games against a team with a losing road record. 

Shane’s Free Pick

The first time these two teams faced off there wasn’t a whole lot of scoring, and that is going to be the case again in this game. UCF’s offense also only managed 55 points in the last game and they are going to struggle to score again in this game. This game is going to be a defensive battle and the under is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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