UCF Knights vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (+9)
The UCF Knights (4-8) travel to FedExForum on Wednesday where they'll meet the Memphis Tigers (10-6). UCF opens this matchup as 9-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 136.5.
UCF comes into this matchup with a record of 4-8 for the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 15.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, UCF is grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 130 assists so far this year, which ranks 306th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Knights are hitting 34.7% on three-point shots (82 of 236) and 72.4% from the free throw line. They average 66.9 points per outing (283rd in D-1) while shooting 42.3% from the field. Defensively, the Knights have forced 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. The Knights are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.7% (311 of 696) and they surrender 35.5 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 144th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 174 surrendered so far this season. They concede 33.5% from 3-point land while they are 254th in D-1 in opponents PPG (73.2).
The UCF Knights faced off with the Tigers and took a loss by a final of 96-69 in their last contest. UCF wrapped up the game having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 55) and made 8 of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Knights made 17 of 24 attempts for a rate of 70.8%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 26 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 12 dimes for the matchup as well as getting 10 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding defending, UCF allowed their opponent to shoot 40.0% from the floor on 22 out of 55 shooting. Memphis recorded 21 assists and had 20 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Tigers grabbed 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Memphis finished the game shooting 64.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of 17 tries. They converted 13 of their 27 shots from long range.
Brandon Mahan is someone who was a factor for the contest. He finished with 15 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes and snagged 6 rebounds. Mahan finished the game at 55.6% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Knights was Darin Green. He collected 2 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He went 28.6% from the field in the matchup by hitting 4-of-14 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Green played for 27 minutes.
Memphis has a record of 10-6 for the season. When it comes to offense, the Tigers are shooting 44.3% from the field, which is ranked 181st in college hoops. Memphis has totaled 1,167 points this year (72.9 per contest) and they pull down 39.8 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 16.4 times per game (38th in college basketball) and they turn it over 15.9 times per game. The Tigers are committing 19.3 fouls per game while shooting 61.4% from the free throw line. The Tigers are ranked 43rd in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 63.3. They are able to force 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 38.8% from the field (14th in D-1). The Memphis defense surrenders 28.7% on 3-point attempts (100 of 348) and opponents are knocking down 67.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 11.2 dimes and 33.8 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 72nd and 127th in college hoops.
In their win over UCF, the Tigers recorded 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They stuffed 4 attempts while getting 20 steals for the game. The Knights committed 19 fouls for the contest which got the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throws for a percentage of 64.7%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Memphis knocked down 13 out of 27 tries (48.1%). In all, the Tigers ended up going 36 for 64 from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.3%. The Tigers allowed the Knights to make 22 out of 55 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.0% in the game. They finished 34.8% from 3-point land by shooting 8 of 23 and finished the contest at 17 out of 24 from the free throw line (70.8%). Regarding rebounding, Memphis allowed UCF to collect 26 overall (8 offensive).
Landers Nolley ended up being a major contributor for the Tigers for the game. He made 8 of 16 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 20 points. Nolley had 2 boards in his 24 mins and had 3 assists for this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Deandre Williams. He ended up finishing with 15 points in 22 minutes played by way of 6 out of 6 from the floor in this contest. Williams wrapped this one up going 100.0% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UCF (+9)
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