Houston at UCF College Basketball Picks & Predictions 2/3/2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
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The Houston Cougars travel to CFE Arena to play the UCF Knights on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The opening line for this game has Houston as 3 point favorites.
Houston heads into this matchup with a mark of 16-5. They currently have a point differential of 11.7 as they are averaging 78.0 points per contest while giving up 66.4 per game. UCF has an overall mark of 14-7. They are averaging 63.8 points per contest and giving up 60.2, which is a point differential of 3.6.
Valuable Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 9-8 against the spread this season
The Houston Cougars are 7-10 against the over/under this year
Important UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights are 10-6 against the spread this season
The UCF Knights are 4-12 against the over/under this year
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key UCF Knights Injuries
11/10/17 C Collin Smith Eligibility is out for season
11/05/17 F Aubrey Dawkins Shoulder is out for season
02/02/18 G Chance McSpadden Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Houston U
01/20/18 C Tacko Fall Shoulder is out for season
Robert Gray Jr. averages 18.3 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is at 84%. Corey Davis Jr. averages 12.8 points per game in 28.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3 assists per contest and 2.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
A.J. Davis averages 10.3 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 8 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 68%. Dayon Griffin averages 9.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.1 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 36% and his free throw percentage is 66%.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston averages 78.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 78th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 11.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 103rd. Behind the arc they shoot 38%, which is good for 47th in the country. They average 39.4 rebounds per game and 15.0 assists per game, which ranks them 34th and 97th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 247th with 12.4 per game. The Cougars allow 66.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 45th in Division 1. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 62nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.1 rebounds a game which ranks 92nd and they give up 11.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 38th place in college basketball. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 175th in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
UCF is 340th in the country with 63.8 points per game this year. They are 241st in D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 3.6. They shoot 31% from 3-point range, which is good for 330th in college basketball. They are 89th in the nation in rebounding with 37.5 boards per game, and 329th in assists per contest with 11.1. The Knights are 73rd in turnovers per game with 14.5. The Knights surrender 60.2 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the country. Their defense allows a 38% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 84th in those defensive statistics. They rank 103rd with 12.3 assists allowed per contest and 86th with 33.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knights are 112th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.8 per game this season.
The Cougars are 50th in the nation in offensive rating with 112, and their defensive rating of 95.3 is ranked 40th. In terms of pace they are 207th in the country with 69.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 92nd. As a team they are 99th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 188th in Division 1. Houston is 260th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 46%, which is 18th in the nation.
UCF is 32nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 44%, which is 6th in the nation. The Knights are 319th in the country in offensive rating with 96.3, and their defensive rating of 90.9 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 324th in Division 1 with 66.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 295th. As a team they are 307th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 312th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Houston/UCF college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take UCF +3
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