Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCF Knights Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCF Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (+1.5)
Addition Financial Arena is the site where and the UCF Knights (2-1) will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-4) on Tuesday. UCF opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The total opens at 137.5.
Cincinnati will enter this contest with a record of 2-4 so far this season. The Bearcats are connecting on 24.8% on 3-point shots (33 of 133) and 63.4% from the charity stripe. They average 68.2 points per game (255th in the nation) while shooting 43.9% from the floor. They turn the ball over 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cincinnati is pulling down 33.8 boards per game and has earned 89 assists on the season, which ranks 133rd in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Bearcats are able to force 14.5 turnovers every game while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They are conceding 30.9% on 3-pointers and they are 198th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (71.2). The Bearcats defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.8% (144 of 329) and they surrender 33.8 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 195th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 81 conceded on the campaign.
The Cincinnati Bearcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Georgia Bulldogs and ended up losing by a score of 83-68 in their last game. Cincinnati ended the game with a 38.8% FG percentage (26 out of 67) and made 5 of their 29 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bearcats made 11 of 20 tries for a percentage of 55.0%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned 32 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 assists for this game while getting 12 steals and 4 blocks. In regard to defense, Cincinnati allowed the other team to go 38.8% from the floor on 26 of 67. Georgia earned 14 dimes and 10 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Bulldogs snagged 36 boards (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Georgia finished the game at 84.0% from the charity stripe by converting 21 of their 25 attempts. They also made 4 out of their 13 shots from beyond the arc.
Keith Williams is someone who saw a lot of action for this game. He finished with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 23 minutes played and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Williams finished the game at 45.5% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Bearcats was Mika Adams-Woods. He collected 2 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He shot 23.1% from the field for the game by connecting on 3-of-13 (8 points). Overall, Adams-Woods was on the court for 26 min.
UCF has a record of 2-1 for the season. UCF has accumulated 207 pts for the season (69.0 per game) and they pull in 33.7 rebounds per game. The Knights are committing 18.3 fouls every game and they shoot 85.7% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Knights are shooting 40.4% from the floor, which ranks them 300th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 10.3 times per contest (304th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 13.7 times per game. The Knights on the defensive end are ranked 169th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 69.7. They have relinquished 13.7 dimes and 39.0 total rebounds per game, which is 220th and 281st in D-1. The UCF defense surrenders 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc (26 of 84) and their opponents are converting on 55.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 15.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.7% from the field (181st in college hoops).
In their last game, the UCF Knights took home the win by a final score of 86-74 against the Florida State Seminoles. The Knights were able to collect 20 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 29 for the contest. They also blocked 3 tries while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Seminoles were called for 21 personal fouls in this contest which got the Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a percentage of 88.5%. When it comes to 3-point shots, UCF made 9 out of their 19 tries (47.4%). When the game finished, the Knights ended up going 27 for 54 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Knights allowed the Seminoles to convert 24 of 51 attempts from the field which left them shooting 47.1% in the matchup. They went 43.5% from three-point range by shooting 10 out of 23 and ended up going 16 of 26 from the free throw line (61.5%). In relation to team rebounding, UCF allowed Florida State to snag 24 in all (8 offensive).
Isaiah Adams ended up being important for the Knights for the contest. He converted 6 of 11 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, which gave him 22 points. Adams snagged 8 boards in his 37 mins and had 2 assists in this matchup. Someone else that ended up being a major factor for UCF was Brandon Mahan. He left the arena with 32 points in 33 minutes on the court by going 10 of 13 from the floor for the game. Mahan finished going 76.9% from the field while earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCF (-1.5)
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