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UCF vs Tulane Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Knights vs Green Wave Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UCF Knights at Tulane Green Wave
  • Where: New Orleans at Devlin Fieldhouse
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: UCF +2.5, UCF +118 | TULANE -146 O/U 144.5

Knights Preview:

UCF will take the floor against the Green Wave with an overall record of 13-4. So far, the Knights have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. For the season, UCF has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Knights being +2.5 point underdogs.

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Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 14.35 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 6.59 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 12.18 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.6% of his shots and is adding 4.12 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.

Green Wave Preview:

Through 16 games, the Tulane Green Wave have an overall record of 11-5. Currently, the Green Wave have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 7-3. The Green Wave’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Tulane has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 9-5.

Tulane will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jaylen Forbes who is averaging 18.69 points per game for the Green Wave. Forbes 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 Green Wave’s offensive game plan is the play of Kevin Cross who has hit 50.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.5 points per game.

On offense, Tulane comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 392nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Green Wave’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.1 points per game. So far, 38.63% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.

Free Spread Prediction: Tulane Green Wave -2.5

If you are eying this matchup between UCF Knights and Tulane Green Wave as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Tulane to cover the spread as -2.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Tulane shooting well enough to keep the Knights at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Green Wave’s to win the game and cover the spread.

 


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