East Carolina vs UCF Predictions, Free College Basketball Picks, Tips 3/8/2020
Game: East Carolina Pirates vs UCF Knights
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: UCF -7.5
The East Carolina Pirates head to Addition Financial Arena to take on the UCF Knights on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The opening line for this game has UCF as 7.5 point favorites.
East Carolina comes into this game with an overall record of 11-19. They currently have a point differential of -3.2 as they are averaging 68.3 points per game while giving up 71.5 per contest. UCF has an overall record of 15-14. They are averaging 68.0 points per game and surrendering 68.1, good for a point differential of -0.1.
Valuable East Carolina Pirates Betting Trends
The East Carolina Pirates are 15-15-0 against the spread this season
The East Carolina Pirates are 15-15-0 against the over/under this year
Important UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights are 14-15-0 against the spread this season
The UCF Knights are 11-17-1 against the over/under this year
Key East Carolina Pirates Injuries
03/06/20 G Tyrie Jackson Undisclosed is probable
01/24/20 C Edra Luster Knee is out indefinitely
Key UCF Knights Injuries
12/06/19 F Yuat Alok Academics is out indefinitely
02/19/20 G Dre Fuller Jr. Groin is out for season
Jayden Gardner comes into this game averaging 19.8 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 9.3 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 73%. Tristen Newton averages 10.7 points per contest in 29.7 minutes per game. He averages 3.7 assists per game and 4.6 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% for the season while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Collin Smith scores 12.6 points per contest while playing 26.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.2 rebounds per contest and has 1.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 67%. Darin Green Jr. averages 9.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 23.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 1.9 rebounds per game and has 0.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
East Carolina averages 68.3 points per contest, which is 261st in D-1. Their average scoring margin is -3.2 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a unit, which has them ranked 269th. From 3-point territory they shoot 28%, which is good for 342nd in the nation. They average 35.5 boards per contest and 13.8 assists per game, which ranks them 162nd and 119th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 131st with 13.7 per game. The Pirates allow 71.5 points per contest, which is 235th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 42% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 153rd and 182nd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 34.9 rebounds a game which ranks 171st, and they allow 13.4 assists per game which puts them in 241st place in the country. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 186th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
UCF is 269th in the nation with 68.0 points per contest this season. They are 236th in the country in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -0.1. They shoot 31% from beyond the arc, which is good for 282nd in the NCAA. They are 208th in D-1 in rebounding with 34.7 boards per contest and 176th in assists per game with 13.1. The Knights are 98th in turnovers per contest with 14.0. The Knights give up 68.1 points per game, which ranks them 145th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 119th and 120th in those defensive statistics. They rank 284th with 14.2 dimes allowed per game and 228th with 35.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Knights are 259th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per contest this year.
The Pirates are 299th in the nation in offensive rating with 95.9. In terms of pace they are 110th in the country with 70.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 316th. As a team they are 284th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 282nd in Division 1. East Carolina is 138th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions.
UCF is 88th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.6 times per 100 possessions. The Knights have an offensive rating of 98.4, which is ranked 250th. They are 225th in D-1 in pace with 68.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 243rd. As a unit they are 237th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 157th in the country.
Who will win tonight's East Carolina/UCF college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take East Carolina +7.5
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