UCF Knights vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 12/1/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Location: Auburn Arena in Auburn, AL
The Auburn Tigers (5-1) will try to defeat the UCF Knights (4-1) at Auburn Arena on Wednesday.
The UCF Knights took the court against Oklahoma and took a loss by a score of 65-62 in their last contest. In reference to fouls, the Knights ended up with 15 and Oklahoma racked up 10 fouls. They also buried 6 of 17 attempts from long range. Oklahoma finished the game shooting 84.6% from the charity stripe by making 11 of 13 attempts. In addition, Oklahoma snagged 22 rebounds (4 offensive, 18 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Oklahoma recorded 16 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. With respect to the defense, UCF allowed the other team to shoot 54.5% from the floor on 24 of 44 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they earned 22 with 7 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Knights converted 5 of 8 shots for a rate of 62.5%. UCF wrapped up the contest having earned a 45.1% FG percentage (23 of 51) and made 11 out of their 24 3-point shots.
Darius Perry is someone who came through in this game. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the field and totaled 8 assists. He played 32 mins and also snagged 3 boards. He recorded 16 points on 7 out of 13 shooting.
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UCF heads into this game with a record of 4-1 on the year. They turn it over 12.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.0 personal fouls per contest. As a team, UCF is pulling in 30.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 73 assists so far this season, which is 271st in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Knights are connecting on 37.8% on shots from 3-point land (45 of 119) and 81.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.8 pts per game (179th in college hoops) while hitting 46.1% from the floor.
On the defensive end of the court, the Knights are forcing 16.8 turnovers every game and they draw 15.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 70th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 63 surrendered on the year. The Knights defense is allowing a FG percentage of 43.9% (112 of 255) and they surrender 30.4 boards per game as a unit. They relinquish 30.2% on 3-point attempts and they are 118th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (65.2).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Auburn Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 89-68 when they faced Syracuse. The Tigers corralled 25 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in this contest. They gave up possession 7 times, while getting 11 steals for the matchup. Syracuse committed 10 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to make 9 of them for a percentage of 69.2%. When talking about shots from downtown, Auburn buried 12 out of 30 tries (40.0%). When all was said and done, the Tigers shot 34 for 67 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.7%. The Tigers permitted Syracuse to convert 20 out of their 48 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 41.7% in the game. They finished 36.8% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 out of 19 and finished the game at 21 out of 26 at the charity stripe (80.8%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Auburn allowed Syracuse to grab 23 overall (4 offensive).
Jabari Smith pitched in for the Tigers in this game. He totaled 22 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and had 4 dimes for the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 17 for the game for a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and had 6 rebounds.
Auburn has a record of 5-1 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers are shooting 44.6% from the field, which is 173rd in the country. Auburn has scored 488 points for the season (81.3 per game) and they collect 37.8 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 15.0 times per game (89th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 10.7 times per game. The Tigers are committing 18.5 fouls per contest and they go 74.0% from the free throw line.
The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 167th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 67.8. They are able to force 16.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (163rd in D-1). The Auburn defense allows 36.3% on shots from 3-point land (45 of 124) and their opposition knocks down 69.6% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 11.5 dimes and 34.0 boards per contest, which has them ranked 121st and 160th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Auburn
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