UCF Knights vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 2/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (+6)
The UCF Knights (6-10) go to Fifth Third Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Cincinnati Bearcats (6-7). Cincinnati opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total is set at 136.
UCF heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 6-10 this season. The Knights are connecting on 35.0% on 3-point shots (117 of 334) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 65.1 points per game (305th in the nation) while hitting 41.9% from the floor. They are giving up possession 15.6 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, UCF is snagging 33.5 boards per contest and has earned 178 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 274th in D-1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Knights are forcing 14.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.8 personal fouls. The Knights are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.7% (397 of 909) and they concede 35.2 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 175th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 218 relinquished on the season. They are giving up 33.1% on three-point shots while they are 177th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (70.1).
The UCF Knights faced off with the Tulane Green Wave and notched a win by a score of 53-49 in their last contest. UCF finished having earned a 39.6% FG percentage (21 of 53) and knocked down 10 of 25 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Knights made 1 of their 2 attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 34 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup while getting 7 steals and 7 blocked shots. Regarding defending, UCF let their opponent shoot 39.6% from the field on 21 of 53 shooting. Tulane totaled 8 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Green Wave totaled 28 rebounds (10 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Tulane went 80.0% from the charity stripe by making 8 of 10 attempts. They buried 5 of their 21 tries from distance.
Darin Green is someone who was a factor in the game. He was able to score 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He played for 40 mins played and also collected 4 boards. Green finished 40.0% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Knights was Darius Perry. He grabbed 6 boards and earned 5 dimes. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the field in this game by going 5-of-15 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Perry was on the court for 38 minutes.
Cincinnati has a mark of 6-7 for the season. The Bearcats are responsible for committing 19.9 fouls per game and they shoot 65.9% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 15.1 times per game (78th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per contest. Cincinnati has 895 pts so far this season (68.8 per contest) and they collect 36.2 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bearcats are hitting on 42.6% from the field, which has them ranked 257th in the nation. The Bearcats on the defensive end are ranked 182nd in Division 1 in PPG given up with 70.2. The Cincinnati defense gives up 30.9% on shots from distance (69 of 223) and opponents are converting on 74.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 13.2 assists and 33.9 rebounds per game, ranking them 195th and 127th in those defensive categories. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the floor (210th in the nation).
In their last game, the Cincinnati Bearcats walked away with a victory by a final of 71-69 against the Temple Owls. The Bearcats collected 29 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in the matchup. They turned away 7 attempts while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Owls committed 17 personal fouls in this contest which got the Bearcats to the free throw line for a total of 23 shots. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.9%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Cincinnati made 6 of their 23 tries (26.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bearcats ended up going 24 for 55 from the floor which had them at 43.6%. The Bearcats allowed the Owls to knock down 22 out of their 59 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 37.3% in the game. They wrapped up this game 30.4% from three-point range by going 7 out of 23 and finished the contest at 18 of 21 from the free throw line (85.7%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Cincinnati permitted Temple to get 33 in total (7 offensive).
Jeremiah Davenport pitched in for the Bearcats for the contest. He knocked down 5 out of 12 for the matchup giving him a rate of 41.7%, which got him 12 points. Davenport collected 8 rebounds in his 35 mins and had 6 assists in the game. Someone else that played a role for Cincinnati was David Dejulius. He walked away with 9 points in 34 minutes played by going 2 of 10 shooting for the game. Dejulius ended up shooting 20.0% from the floor and also earning 4 dimes and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cincinnati (-6)
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