Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Tulane (+10.5)
The UCF Knights (3-2) play the Tulane Green Wave (5-2) at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has UCF as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 130.5.
Tulane enters this contest with a win-loss record of 5-2 on the campaign. The Green Wave are connecting on 30.6% on shots from 3-point land (56 of 183) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. They average 66.9 points per outing (273rd in the nation) while shooting 39.5% from the field. They are turning it over 12.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.4 fouls per contest. As a team, Tulane is pulling in 34.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 90 assists this season, which has them ranked 185th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Green Wave have forced 15.9 turnovers every game and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 32.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 37th in college basketball in points per game allowed (61.4). The Green Wave defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.4% (143 of 363) and they concede 36.4 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 198th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 93 surrendered so far this year.
The Tulane Green Wave took the court against the East Carolina Pirates and went home with a loss by a final score of 68-58 in their last contest. Tulane ended the game having earned a 35.2% FG percentage (19 of 54) and made 8 of their 27 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Green Wave converted 12 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 57.1%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 28 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 10 assists in the game in addition to having 8 steals and 2 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Tulane allowed 35.2% from the floor on 19 out of 54 shooting. East Carolina dished out 17 dimes and had 3 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Pirates collected 35 rebounds (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 2 rejections. East Carolina ended up going 69.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of their 23 tries. They converted 6 of their 19 attempts from long range.
Jaylen Forbes is someone who was important in the game. He ended up with 16 points on 4 out of 11 shooting. He played 35 mins played and totaled 3 rebounds. Forbes shot 36.4% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Green Wave was Gabe Watson. He collected 2 rebounds and also earned 4 assists. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor for this contest by going 6-of-12 (14 points). Overall, Watson was on the hardwood for 36 minutes.
UCF has a mark of 3-2 for the season. The Knights have committed 19.6 personal fouls per game and they go 75.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 9.0 times per game (327th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per contest. UCF has 336 points so far this season (67.2 per contest) and they collect 33.2 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Knights are hitting on 41.0% from the floor, which is 296th in D-1. The Knights defensively are ranked 148th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 68.4. They surrender 13.0 assists and 37.2 total boards per game, ranking them 185th and 244th in the country. The UCF defense concedes 30.2% on 3-pointers (38 of 126) and their opponents are knocking down 66.0% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the floor (163rd in college basketball).
When they last played, the UCF Knights took a loss by a final score of 63-54 when they played the Houston Cougars. The Knights corralled 20 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 in the game. They also blocked 2 shots while earning 4 steals in this game. The Cougars had 24 personal fouls in this contest which took the Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 28 shots. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 71.4%. In the matter of 3-pointers, UCF converted 2 out of their 13 tries (15.4%). When the game finished, the Knights ended up shooting 16 for 43 from the field which had them sitting at 37.2%. The Knights allowed the Cougars to knock down 18 of their 50 tries from the floor which had them at 36.0% in this game. They shot 28.0% from distance by shooting 7 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 20 of 26 at the free throw line (76.9%). In regard to how they rebounded, UCF allowed Houston to get 23 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Brandon Mahan ended up being a factor for the Knights for this contest. He converted 4 of 8 in the game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which got him 13 points. Mahan pulled down 5 boards in his 36 mins played and had 2 assists in this game. An additional guy who came through for UCF was Darius Perry. He was able to score 13 points in 20 minutes played by way of 2 of 7 shooting for this game. Perry walked away from this one going 28.6% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take UCF (-10.5) and over 130.5 points
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