Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights Prediction, 12/30/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
The UCF Knights (8-2) will try to beat the Michigan Wolverines (7-4) at Addition Financial Arena on Thursday.
The Michigan Wolverines took the court against Southern Utah and notched a win by a score of 87-50 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Wolverines ended up finishing with 14 and Southern Utah recorded 14 personal fouls. They knocked down 4 of their 23 attempts from distance. Southern Utah ended up going 57.1% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of 14 tries. In addition, Southern Utah pulled down 24 rebounds (6 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Southern Utah earned 6 assists and had 4 steals for the matchup. When talking about defending, Michigan let their opponent shoot 32.8% from the floor on 19 out of 58 shooting. They also dished out 18 dimes for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 5 steals. Regarding grabbing boards, they collected 42 with 10 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Wolverines converted 8 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Michigan walked away from the game with a 56.3% field goal percentage (36 out of 64) and converted 7 of their 18 3-point shots.
Hunter Dickinson is someone who played a role for this contest. He notched 22 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He played for 28 mins played and grabbed 10 rebounds. He finished the game at 73.3% from the floor and recorded 1 assist.
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Michigan will play this contest with a mark of 7-4 so far this season. They have an average of 73.5 points per game (149th in D-1) while hitting 47.9% from the field. The Wolverines are connecting on 34.1% from downtown (73 of 214) and 66.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Michigan is grabbing 39.4 rebounds per contest and has totaled 158 assists for the campaign, which is 182nd in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per game and as a team they are committing 15.1 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Wolverines have forced 10.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.5 fouls. They relinquish 25.0% from 3-point land and they rank 94th in the country in points per game allowed (64.5). The Wolverines defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.4% (270 of 686) and they relinquish 31.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 6th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 92 relinquished this season.
The last time they took the court, the UCF Knights went home victorious with a score of 75-64 when they played North Alabama. Concerning rebounding, UCF allowed North Alabama to collect 22 overall (4 on the offensive side). They went 39.4% from distance via 13 out of 33 and finished the contest at 1 out of 2 at the free throw line (50.0%). The Knights allowed North Alabama to convert 25 of 59 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.4% in this game. When all was said and done, the Knights ended up going 28 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, UCF made 3 of 21 tries (14.3%). They were able to bury 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 84.2%. North Alabama had 18 personal fouls in the game which took the Knights to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Knights were able to corral 31 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this contest.
Darius Perry ended up being a factor for the Knights in this game. He tallied 15 points in his 35 mins on the hardwood and tallied 9 dimes in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 11 for the matchup for a rate of 45.5%, and accounted for 6 rebounds.
UCF has a mark of 8-2 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Knights are shooting 46.2% from the field, which ranks them 91st in the nation. UCF has earned 736 pts on the season (73.6 per game) and they average 34.9 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 14.7 times per contest (94th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. The Knights are responsible for committing 14.9 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 79.4% from the free throw line.
The UCF defense gives up 27.8% on shots from 3-point land (71 of 255) and their opponents are knocking down 75.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 12.1 dimes and 30.8 boards every game, which ranks them 154th and 29th in the country. The Knights are ranked 80th in the nation in PPG given up with 63.6. They have forced 15.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the floor (107th in Division 1).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Michigan
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