UCF vs West Virginia Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/20/24

West Virginia (8-17) vs Central Florida (13-11)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (WVU Coliseum)

Betting Odds: West Virginia +2.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCF Knights will play the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 game on Tuesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. UCF has lost three games in a row, while West Virginia is on a four game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the UCF vs West Virginia prediction.

UCF Preview

The UCF Knights are 13-11 (4-8) this year after they lost to Cincinnati by a score of 76-74 in their last game. UCF trailed 37-30 at halftime, but they did score 44 points in the second half in the close loss. The Knights shot 47.5% from the field and were -12 in rebounding margin in the game. UCF has lost five of their last six games, with the lone win coming against Oklahoma at home. The Knights are scoring 72.1 points per game with 38.1 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game, while allowing 66.5 points against per game this year. Jaylin Sellers is averaging 17 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. UCF is shooting 42% from the field, 70.2% on free throws, and 31.9% on three pointers this season. UCF will play against Texas Tech after this game.

West Virginia Preview

The West Virginia Mountaineers are 8-17 (3-9) this season after they lost to Baylor by a score of 94-81 in their last game. West Virginia trailed 42-34 at halftime and they allowed 52 points in the second half in the loss. The Mountaineers shot 52.9% from the field and had 14 turnovers in the game. West Virginia has lost six of their last seven games, with the lone win coming against Cincinnati at home. The Mountaineers are scoring 68.4 points per game with 34.3 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game, while giving up 74.8 points against per game this season. RaeQuan Battle is averaging 16.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 1.2 steals per game. West Virginia is shooting 41.7% from the field, 71.9% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers this year. 

UCF vs West Virginia Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this matchup really struggling in recent games, but someone will leave here with a big win. West Virginia will have the home court advantage, where they have beaten Cincinnati, Kansas, and Texas in conference play. UCF is only 1-5 on the road in the Big 12 and they have lost four straight, but they do have the better numbers this year. West Virginia is allowing over 74 points against per game on defense and has allowed at least 81 points in four straight. This game could go either way, but I am going to take the better defensive team here. Back the Knights on the road. 

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

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