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UCF vs East Carolina Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Knights vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UCF Knights at East Carolina Pirates
  • Where: Greenville at Minges Coliseum
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: UCF -6, UCF -270 | ECAR +213 O/U 129.0

Knights Preview:

UCF will take the floor against the Pirates with an overall record of 10-4. On the road, the Knights will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 1-1. So far, the Knights have been favored 9 times, going 7-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UCF as -6 point favorites.

Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 14.79 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 6.64 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 10.86 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.8% of his shots and is adding 4.21 boards per game.

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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.

Pirates Preview:

Through 15 games, the East Carolina Pirates have an overall record of 10-5. So far this season, East Carolina has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. For the season, East Carolina has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Pirates being +6 point underdogs.

East Carolina will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javon Small who is averaging 16.4 points per game for the Pirates. Small is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Pirates’ offensive gameplan is the play of Brandon Johnson who has hit 48.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.86 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 276th in college basketball at 68.8 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 Pirates’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.7%, placing them 334th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: East Carolina Pirates +6

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both UCF and East Carolina are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 8.8 and 8.0 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the East Carolina Pirates to cover as +6 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Knights’ outside shooters to make things difficult for UCF. At +6 we like the chances of East Carolina covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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