Wichita State Shockers vs UCF Knights Prediction, 2/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wichita State Shockers vs UCF Knights
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Wichita State (-1)
The Wichita State Shockers (11-4) go to Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the UCF Knights (5-9). UCF opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The total opens at 139.5.
Wichita State comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 11-4 this year. The Shockers are connecting on 31.8% on shots from beyond the arc (115 of 362) and 69.2% from the free throw line. They average 73.7 points per outing (134th in D-1) while hitting 40.5% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.5 fouls per contest. As a unit, Wichita State is collecting 39.7 boards per game and is sitting with 192 assists for the season, which has them ranked 230th in college basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Shockers are forcing 13.1 turnovers every game and they draw 19.1 personal fouls. They are surrendering 27.9% on shots from downtown while they are 151st in college basketball in opponents points per game (68.9). The Shockers are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.9% (373 of 936) and they relinquish 40.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 151st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 197 relinquished for the year.
The Wichita State Shockers faced the Temple Owls and earned the victory with a final of 70-67 in their last contest. Wichita State walked away from the game with a 41.8% FG percentage (23 of 55) and buried 9 of their 21 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Shockers knocked down 15 of 18 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned 29 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 assists in the matchup while earning 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Concerning the defense, Wichita State allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the field on 23 out of 55 shooting. Temple totaled 13 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Owls collected 34 rebounds (13 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Temple walked away from this one shooting 82.4% at the charity stripe by making 14 of their 17 tries. They knocked down 3 of 19 shots from 3-point range.
Tyson Etienne is a guy who was a contributor in this contest. He was able to score 20 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and also snagged 3 boards. Etienne finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 5 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Shockers was Trey Wade. He collected 3 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 55.6% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-9 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Wade played for 32 min.
UCF has a mark of 5-9 so far this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Knights are connecting on 42.2% from the field, which has them ranked 272nd in college hoops. UCF has tallied 929 points this year (66.4 per contest) and they average 33.0 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.2 times per contest (304th in the country) and they cough up possession 15.7 times per contest. The Knights have committed 17.7 fouls every game and they connect on 72.6% from the charity stripe. The Knights defensively are ranked 233rd in D-1 in points allowed per game with 72.2. They are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.9% from the field (247th in college hoops). The UCF defense gives up 33.2% on three-point shots (106 of 319) and their opposition makes 67.0% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 14.4 dimes and 35.6 boards every game, which ranks 273rd and 205th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the UCF Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 65-58 when they played the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Knights collected 18 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 24 in this matchup. They stuffed 2 attempts while getting 10 steals in this contest. The Golden Hurricane committed 15 personal fouls in the game which took the Knights to the free throw line for 12 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of them for a percentage of 66.7%. Concerning three-point shots, UCF converted 13 of their 28 tries (46.4%). In all, the Knights finished shooting 22 for 53 from the floor which had them sitting at 41.5%. The Knights allowed the Golden Hurricane to make 21 out of 50 tries from the floor which had them at 42.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 36.4% from downtown by connecting on 8 out of 22 and ended up shooting 8 out of 10 at the charity stripe (80.0%). Regarding rebounding, UCF permitted Tulsa to snag 34 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Darius Perry ended up having an impact for the Knights in the game. He buried 6 out of 10 in this game for a field goal rate of 60.0%, which got him 18 points. Perry collected 3 rebounds in his 33 minutes and had 2 assists in this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for UCF was Brandon Mahan. He was able to score 15 points in 32 minutes played by going 5 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Mahan wrapped this one up going 55.6% from the floor and also contributing 2 dimes and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCF (+1)
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