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Samford vs UCF Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Knights Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Samford Bulldogs at UCF Knights
- Where: Orlando at Addition Financial Arena
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds: Samford +6.5, SAMF +223 | UCF -287 O/U 136.5
Samford will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs UCF in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 1-1. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 1 time, going 0-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Samford’s leading scorer this season is Ques Glover who is averaging 13.75 points per contest. So far, Glover has accounted for 14.18% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.38 rebounds per game and 2.25 assists. Logan Dye is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 11.33 points per game. Between him and Dye, they are accounting for 27.3% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Samford is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 9 games, they have only hit 33.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.61% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Through 7 games, the UCF Knights have an overall record of 5-2. This will be the team’s 8th straight game at home this year. The Knights’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, UCF has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1.
Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 14.71 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 7.14 boards per contest. Behind Hendricks, the team has benefited from the strong play of C.J. Kelly who is second on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 32.8% of his shots and is adding 3.0 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UCF this season, as they are currently ranked 243rd in college basketball at 69.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 187th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: UCF Knights -6.5
If you are eying this matchup between Samford Bulldogs and UCF Knights as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking UCF to cover the spread as -6.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see UCF shooting well enough to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Knights’ to win the game and cover the spread.
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