UCF vs Connecticut Predictions, Free College Basketball Picks, Tips 2/26/2020
Game: UCF Knights vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Location: XL Center in Hartford, CT
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut -9
The UCF Knights head to XL Center to take on the Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The opening line for this game has Connecticut as 9 point favorites.
UCF comes into this game with an overall record of 14-12. They currently have a point differential of 0.8 as they are averaging 69.0 points per game while giving up 68.1 per contest. Connecticut has an overall mark of 15-12. They are averaging 71.7 points per contest and giving up 66.8, which is a point differential of 4.9.
Valuable UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights are 13-13-0 against the spread this season
The UCF Knights are 10-15-1 against the over/under this year
Important Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies are 16-11-0 against the spread this season
The Connecticut Huskies are 13-14-0 against the over/under this year
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
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
02/16/20 F Akok Akok Achilles is out for season
01/12/20 F Tyler Polley ACL is out for season
Collin Smith comes into this game averaging 12.5 points per contest while playing 26.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 38% while his free throw percentage is 67%. Ceasar DeJesus averages 9.8 points per contest in 26.4 minutes per game. He averages 2.4 assists per game and 1.6 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Christian Vital scores 15.1 points per contest while playing 31.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.4 rebounds per contest and has 2.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 91%. James Bouknight averages 12.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 24.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.6 rebounds per game and has 1.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
UCF averages 69.0 points per contest, which is 240th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 0.8 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 243rd. From 3-point territory they shoot 32%, which is good for 272nd in the nation. They average 35.5 boards per contest and 13.5 assists per game, which ranks them 166th and 148th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 141st with 13.6 per game. The Knights allow 68.1 points per contest, which is 144th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 114th and 122nd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 36.3 rebounds a game which ranks 258th, and they allow 14.4 assists per game which puts them in 291st place in the country. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 252nd in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Connecticut is 159th in the nation with 71.7 points per contest this season. They are 291st in the country in shooting at 41%, while their average scoring margin is 4.9. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 192nd in the NCAA. They are 63rd in D-1 in rebounding with 38.0 boards per contest and 198th in assists per game with 12.8. The Huskies are 65th in turnovers per contest with 14.3. The Huskies give up 66.8 points per game, which ranks them 106th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 81st and 230th in those defensive statistics. They rank 136th with 12.0 dimes allowed per game and 215th with 35.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Huskies are 316th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 15.9 per contest this year.
The Knights are 242nd in the nation in offensive rating with 99. In terms of pace they are 205th in the country with 69 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 247th. As a team they are 252nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 167th in Division 1. UCF is 139th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions.
Connecticut is 140th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions. The Huskies have an offensive rating of 100.4, which is ranked 198th. They are 211th in D-1 in pace with 68.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 294th. As a unit they are 275th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 231st in the country.
Who will win tonight's UCF/Connecticut college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take UCF +9
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