UCF Knights vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (+12)
The Michigan Wolverines (3-0) host the UCF Knights (1-0) at Crisler Center on Sunday. The spread on this game has Michigan as 12-point favorites. The O/U opens at 140.5.
UCF comes into this contest with a mark of 1-0 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 19 times per contest and as a group are committing 20 fouls every game. As a team, UCF is collecting 40 rebounds per game and has accounted for 11 dimes on the year, which ranks 282nd in college hoops in terms of passing. The Knights are connecting on 29.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (7 of 24) and 73.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 63.0 points per outing (247th in Division 1) while going 36.8% from the field. Defensively, the Knights have forced 22 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 20th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 12 conceded on the campaign. The Knights defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 32.3% (20 of 62) and they surrender 48 boards per contest as a basketball team. They give up 20.6% from 3-point land and they are ranked 18th in the country in opponents PPG (55).
The UCF Knights played the Auburn Tigers and went home with a win by a final score of 63-55 in their last game. UCF ended the contest having earned a 36.8% field goal percentage (21 of 57) and knocked down 7 of 24 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Knights made 14 of 19 shots for a rate of 73.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 dimes for this game as well as earning 12 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defending, UCF allowed their opponent to shoot 36.8% from the floor on 21 of 57. Auburn doled out 12 dimes and 8 steals in the game. On top of that, the Tigers snagged 41 rebounds (13 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Auburn finished shooting 36.4% from the charity stripe by converting 8 of their 22 attempts. They knocked down 7 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land.
Dre Fuller is one player who came through for this game. He accounted for 13 points on 3 out of 8 shooting. He played 37 mins played and grabbed 7 rebounds. Fuller walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the floor and dished out 5 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of action in this contest for the Knights was Darin Green. He collected 3 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He shot 30.8% from the floor in the matchup by hitting 4-of-13 (10 points). At the conclusion of this game, Green saw the court for 36 minutes.
Michigan has a win-loss mark of 3-0 on the season. The Wolverines are responsible for committing 18.0 fouls every game and they connect on 73.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.7 times per game (26th in the country) and they turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest. Michigan has tallied 261 points on the year (87.0 per contest) and they collect 43.3 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Wolverines are shooting 52.2% from the field, which has them ranked 84th in the nation. The Wolverines on defense are ranked 179th in college basketball in points given up per game with 72.7. The Michigan defense surrenders 32.5% on three-point shots (27 of 83) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 9.3 dimes and 31.0 boards per game, ranking them 41st and 49th in Division 1. They are forcing 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 36.4% from the field (36th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Michigan Wolverines went home victorious with a score of 84-65 when they played the Ball State Cardinals. The Wolverines were able to collect 31 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this contest. They also stuffed 4 shots while recording 4 steals in this matchup. The Cardinals committed 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Wolverines to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of those for a clip of 73.7%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Michigan converted 4 out of their 15 attempts (26.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wolverines finished 33 for 59 from the field which gave them a percentage of 55.9%. The Wolverines permitted the Cardinals to make 24 of 61 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3% for the matchup. They finished 35.0% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 7 of 20 and finished the game at 10 out of 16 at the free throw line (62.5%). When it comes to rebounding, Michigan allowed Ball State to get 26 in all (7 offensive).
Mike Smith ended up having an impact for the Wolverines in this matchup. He knocked down 5 out of 8 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which earned him 10 points. Smith collected 3 rebounds in his 30 minutes and had 3 assists in the game. Another guy who came through for Michigan was Isaiah Livers. He notched 21 points in 29 minutes on the court via 8 out of 11 shooting in this contest. Livers ended the game having shot 72.7% from the field and also collecting 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UCF (+12)
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