East Carolina Pirates vs UCF Knights Prediction, 1/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: East Carolina Pirates vs UCF Knights
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: East Carolina (+7)
The UCF Knights (3-6) host the East Carolina Pirates (7-4) at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have UCF as 7-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 128.5.
East Carolina comes into this game with a win-loss record of 7-4 on the season. They currently have an average of 68.1 pts per contest (256th in Division 1) while hitting 42.0% from the floor. The Pirates are connecting on 33.3% on shots from 3-point land (71 of 213) and 73.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, East Carolina is pulling down 35.6 rebounds per contest and has earned 179 dimes on the year, which is 162nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.5 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Pirates are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 17.2 personal fouls. They are 73rd in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 131 surrendered so far this year. The Pirates defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 41.1% (244 of 594) and they surrender 35.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 30.8% on 3-point attempts and they rank 59th in college basketball in points per game allowed (65.0).
The East Carolina Pirates took the court against the Memphis Tigers and took a loss by a score of 80-53 in their last contest. East Carolina walked away from the contest having earned a 29.7% FG percentage (19 out of 64) and made 4 out of their 22 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Pirates made 11 of their 15 tries for a rate of 73.3%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 13 assists for the matchup in addition to having 4 steals and 2 rejections. Pertaining to defending, East Carolina let their opponent shoot 29.7% from the field on 19 of 64 shooting. Memphis distributed 20 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Tigers totaled 40 rebounds (8 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Memphis finished shooting 57.9% from the free throw line by making 11 of 19 attempts. They also converted 11 of their 25 attempts from downtown.
Tremont Robinson-White is a player who was a major contributor in the game. He ended up with 15 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins played and also snagged 4 rebounds. Robinson-White finished shooting 40.0% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Pirates was Brandon Suggs. He had 3 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 30.0% from the field in this contest by connecting on 3-of-10 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Suggs played for 27 minutes.
UCF has a record of 3-6 so far this year. UCF has accounted for 575 points on the season (63.9 per contest) and they pull down 34.1 boards per game. The Knights commit 18.0 personal fouls every game and they go 73.5% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Knights are shooting 40.4% from the field, which ranks them 320th in college basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 10.2 times per contest (328th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per game. The Knights on the defensive end are ranked 157th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 69.4. They concede 13.6 assists and 36.4 boards every game, which has them ranked 218th and 237th in those categories. The UCF defense concedes 32.9% on 3-pointers (68 of 207) and their opponents are making 67.2% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 13.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.2% from the field (194th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the UCF Knights took a defeat with a final score of 78-65 when they played the SMU Mustangs. The Knights were able to snag 17 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 28 in the matchup. They turned away 3 attempts while recording 3 steals in this contest. The Mustangs were called for 12 fouls in this game which took the Knights to the charity stripe for 12 tries. They were able to make 9 of the free throws for a clip of 75.0%. When talking about 3-pointers, UCF knocked down 8 out of their 22 attempts (36.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Knights went 24 out of 63 from the field which had them shooting 38.1%. The Knights allowed the Mustangs to make 28 of their 52 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 53.8% in the game. They wrapped up this game 40.0% from beyond the arc by hitting 6 out of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 17 from the free throw line (94.1%). When it comes to attacking the glass, UCF allowed SMU to snag 30 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Darius Perry was important for the Knights in this game. He converted 5 of 12 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which earned him 14 points. Perry grabbed 5 rebounds in his 36 mins played and added 7 assists in this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for UCF was Brandon Mahan. He scored 13 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 12 shooting for the contest. Mahan wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take East Carolina (+7)
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