Iowa State vs UCF Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Central Florida (15-12) vs Iowa State (22-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 4:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Florida +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Iowa State Cyclones look for a win after winning 6 of their last 7 games. The UCF Knights need a win after losing 6 of their last 9 games. Here’s a Iowa State Cyclones vs UCF Knights prediction.

Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview

The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off wins over West Virginia and Oklahoma. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 77.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Keshon Gilbert is averaging 13.9 points and 4.2 assists, while Tamin Lipsey is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. Milan Momcilovic is the third double-digit scorer and Curtis Jones is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game.

UCF Knights Betting Preview

The UCF Knights are coming off wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The UCF Knights are averaging 72.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Jaylin Sellers is averaging 16.3 points and 1.1 assists, while Darius Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 3 rebounds. Marchelus Avery is dishing 0.8 assists and Shemarri Allen is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game.

Iowa State Cyclones vs UCF Knights prediction

Right when it looked like the UCF Knights ran out of gas, they snag quality wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. UCF has shown all year it can play with the big boys, and we know the Addition Financial Arena will be rocking for this one. UCF is 11-5 SU at home this season. Yes, the Iowa State Cyclones are the more talented team, and there's nothing UCF can do if the shots are falling. However, UCF is capable of winning this game by making things ugly with its defense. Should be a fun one. Give me UCF and the free points.

Randy’s Pick Central Florida +3.5

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