UCF Knights vs Florida State Seminoles Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Florida State Seminoles
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, FL
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (+13)
The Florida State Seminoles (4-0) play the UCF Knights (1-1) at Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday. UCF opens this contest as 13-point dogs. The total has been set at 135.
UCF will play this contest with a record of 1-1 this season. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, UCF is pulling down 34.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 20 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 317th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Knights are connecting on 30.0% on three-point shots (12 of 40) and 83.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 60.5 pts per game (308th in college hoops) while hitting 35.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Knights are forcing 16.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.0 personal fouls. They concede 26.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 133rd in D-1 in opponents PPG (67.5). The Knights defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (52 of 127) and they surrender 46.0 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 26th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 30 surrendered so far this season.
The UCF Knights played the Michigan Wolverines and went home with a loss by a final score of 80-58 in their last contest. UCF wrapped up the contest having earned a 35.0% field goal percentage (21 of 60) and converted 5 of their 16 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Knights converted 11 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 100.0%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 24 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 9 assists for the matchup while earning 5 steals and 3 blocks. With respect to defense, UCF allowed their opponent to shoot 35.0% from the field on 21 out of 60. Michigan distributed 18 dimes and 3 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Wolverines totaled 40 boards (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Michigan went 87.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 7 of their 8 tries. They also converted 9 out of their 27 attempts from 3-point range.
Brandon Mahan is a player who played a role in the game. He walked away with 21 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and collected 5 boards. Mahan finished the contest at 53.8% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Knights was Darin Green. He grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 27.3% from the field in this matchup via 3-of-11 (9 points). When all was said and done, Green was on the court for 34 minutes.
Florida State has a win-loss mark of 4-0 so far this year. The Seminoles are committing 17.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 69.3% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.5 times per game (81st in college basketball) and they are turning it over 12.3 times per contest. Florida State has totaled 312 points this season (78.0 per game) and they collect 37.0 boards per contest. When it comes to offense, the Seminoles are hitting on 45.1% from the floor, which ranks 173rd in the nation. The Seminoles on defense are ranked 79th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 64.3. They are forcing 17.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the field (100th in D-1). The Florida State defense gives up 35.3% on 3-point shots (30 of 85) and opponents are connecting on 74.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 12.3 assists and 32.0 total rebounds per game, ranking them 141st and 76th in the nation.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Florida State Seminoles took home the win by a final score of 74-61 when they faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles collected 22 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in this contest. They also rejected 2 shots while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Yellow Jackets were called for 17 fouls for this contest which took the Seminoles to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 75.0%. When talking about shots from downtown, Florida State converted 8 of their 17 tries (47.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Seminoles finished the game shooting 27 for 51 from the field which had them sitting at 52.9%. The Seminoles allowed the Yellow Jackets to knock down 22 of 51 tries from the field which left them shooting 43.1% in this game. They went 25.0% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 20 and ended up shooting 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Florida State permitted Georgia Tech to grab 20 overall (4 on the offensive side).
M.J. Walker saw the court a lot for the Seminoles in this contest. He buried 4 of 9 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 44.4%, which earned him 14 points. Walker snagged 4 rebounds in his 35 mins played and totaled 2 assists in this game. Another guy who was a determining factor for Florida State was Anthony Polite. He accumulated 10 points in his 34 minutes played by going 4 out of 7 from the floor for this game. Polite wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the floor and also earning 3 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UCF (+13)
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