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UCF vs Wichita State Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 8th Betting Odds
Knights vs Shockers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UCF Knights at Wichita State Shockers
- Where: Wichita at Charles Koch Arena
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds: UCF +1.5, UCF +104 | WICHST -127 O/U 133.0
Coming into today’s matchup, the UCF Knights are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 13-9. On the road, the Knights will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Knights have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 14.32 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 7.18 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 12.68 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.4% of his shots and is adding 4.0 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 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.
Wichita State heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-11. So far this season, Wichita State has played 15 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-8. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Shockers as the -1.5 point favorites. The Shockers have been favored 12 times, going 8-4 straight up.
Wichita State’s leading scorer this season is Jaykwon Walton, who is averaging 14.0 points per contest. So far, Walton has accounted for 18.58% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.62 rebounds per game and 1.62 assists. Craig Porter Jr is the second leading scorer for the Shockers, averaging 12.09 points per game. Between him and Jr, they are accounting for 35.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Wichita State this season, as they are currently ranked 288th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Shockers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 414th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: UCF Knights +1.5
Heading into this matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and UCF Knights we have a strong lean on taking the points with UCF at +1.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for UCF to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the UCF Knights at +1.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.