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UCF vs South Florida Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Knights vs Bulls Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UCF Knights at South Florida Bulls
- Where: Tampa at Yuengling Center
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: UCF -4.5, UCF -205 | SFL +166 O/U 134.5
The UCF Knights head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 13-5. So far, the Knights have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 2-2. This season, UCF has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 10-2. For today’s contest, UCF has a betting line set -4.5 points in their favor.
Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 14.39 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 6.83 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 12.44 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.5% of his shots and is adding 4.06 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 they 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs UCF, the South Florida Bulls will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 8-11. So far this season, South Florida has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-8. For the season, South Florida has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulls being +4.5 point underdogs.
South Florida will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Harris who is averaging 16.26 points per game for the Bulls. Harris 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 Bulls’ offensive game plan is the play of Russel Tchewa who has hit 61.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.68 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 491st in college basketball at 57.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bulls’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 25.2%, placing them 560th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: UCF Knights -4.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the South Florida Bulls and UCF Knights is to get money down on the UCF to win an cover as -4.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.8 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the UCF Knights at -4.5.
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