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Wichita State vs UCF Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 28th Betting Odds

Shockers vs Knights Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Wichita State Shockers at UCF Knights
  • Where: Orlando at Addition Financial Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds: Wichita State +7.5, WICHST +270 | UCF -351 O/U 123.0

Shockers Preview:

The Wichita State Shockers head into today’s game in what will be their 13th game of the season, posting a record of 7-5. On the road, the Shockers will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 1-1. So far, the Shockers have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Important to the outcome of the game, is if Craig Porter Jr will be able to suit up for the Shockers’. Heading into play, Jr leads the team at 12.75 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 56.2% while also adding 6.08 rebounds. Even if Craig Porter Jr ends up playing, Wichita State will be counting on Jaykwon Walton to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Walton is the Shockers’ second leading scorer at 12.5 points per game. So far, he has hit 52.4% of his field goal attempts.

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 that 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.

Knights Preview:

UCF heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-3. So far this season, UCF has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Knights as the -7.5 point favorites. The Knights have been favored 8 times, going 6-2 straight up.

Taylor Hendricks comes into today’s game as the Knights’ leading scorer at 15.33 points per contest. Not only has Hendricks been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCF’s top rebounder at 6.92 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 11.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.8% of his shots and is adding 4.08 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 -7.5

If you are eying this matchup between Wichita State Shockers 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 -7.5 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 Shockers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Knights’ to win the game and cover the spread.

 


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