Memphis Tigers vs UCF Knights Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs UCF Knights
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+1)
Addition Financial Arena is the venue where and the UCF Knights (3-3) will take on the Memphis Tigers (6-4) on Tuesday. The spread on this game has UCF as 1-point favorites. The over/under is set at 134.5.
Memphis will play this contest with a mark of 6-4 so far this year. The Tigers are shooting 30.4% on shots from 3-point land (66 of 217) and 62.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 72.1 points per contest (194th in the country) while hitting 41.3% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.1 fouls per contest. As a team, Memphis is snagging 41.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 159 assists for the campaign, which is 40th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Tigers are able to force 16.8 turnovers per game and they draw 17.6 fouls. They rank 199th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 111 relinquished for the season. The Tigers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 39.1% (216 of 552) and they relinquish 34.9 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are conceding 30.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 58th in D-1 in points per game allowed (64.1).
The Memphis Tigers stepped onto the hardwood against the USF Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 58-57 in their last game. Memphis finished the game with a 45.3% field goal percentage (24 of 53) and converted 4 out of their 15 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Tigers converted 6 of 10 attempts for a rate of 60.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 23 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 17 dimes in this game while having 14 steals and 8 rejections. In reference to defending, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the field on 24 out of 53 shooting. South Florida earned 7 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Bulls had 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 8 rejections. South Florida shot 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of their 8 shots. They also converted 7 out of their 13 shots from long range.
Lester Quinones is one player who was a major factor in the game. He recorded 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 27 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Quinones finished the contest at 71.4% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Tigers was Deandre Williams. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He shot 41.7% from the field in the matchup by shooting 5-of-12 (12 points). Overall, Williams played 24 minutes.
UCF has a record of 3-3 so far this season. The Knights are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls per game and they shoot 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 9.8 times per game (328th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 13.5 times per game. UCF has tallied 397 points this year (66.2 per contest) and they pull in 33.2 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Knights are hitting on 41.7% from the floor, which is ranked 278th in Division 1. The Knights defensively are ranked 149th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 68.3. They relinquish 13.0 dimes and 37.5 boards per game, which is ranked 183rd and 263rd in the country. The UCF defense gives up 31.0% on 3-point shots (45 of 145) and their opponents are converting on 63.7% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.1% from the field (148th in college hoops).
In their last game, the UCF Knights took a loss by a final score of 68-61 when they faced the USF Bulls. The Knights recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 in the matchup. They rejected 5 shots while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Bulls committed 15 personal fouls for this contest which took the Knights to the charity stripe for 10 shots. They were able to bury 6 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 60.0%. In terms of shots from distance, UCF buried 7 of 19 attempts (36.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Knights walked away from this one shooting 24 for 53 from the field which had them shooting 45.3%. The Knights permitted the Bulls to bury 26 out of their 60 tries from the floor which left them shooting 43.3% for the contest. They finished 36.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 7 out of 19 and ended up going 9 of 18 at the free throw line (50.0%). With respect to rebounding, UCF allowed South Florida to get 33 in all (10 offensive).
Darius Perry was important for the Knights in this matchup. He converted 9 of 16 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 56.3%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Perry pulled down 2 rebounds in his 40 mins and tallied 6 dimes in the matchup. Someone else that was important for UCF was Darin Green. He accumulated 14 points in his 38 minutes on the court via 5 of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Green walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while also totaling 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (+1)
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