UCF Knights vs Wichita State Shockers Prediction, 2/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Wichita State Shockers
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KS
The Wichita State Shockers (12-11) will try to beat the UCF Knights (13-9) at Charles Koch Arena on Wednesday.
The UCF Knights faced off with Cincinnati and took a loss by a score of 73-64 in their last contest. UCF wrapped up the game having earned a 42.6% field goal percentage (23 out of 54) and buried 10 of 25 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Knights made 8 of 11 tries for a rate of 72.7%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 30 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 assists for the matchup while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In reference to defense, UCF allowed 43.5% from the field on 27 of 62 shooting. Cincinnati totaled 16 dimes and had 16 steals for the contest. In addition, Cincinnati grabbed 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Cincinnati finished 75.0% from the free throw line by making 12 of their 16 shots. They converted 7 of 23 attempts from long range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Knights ended up walking away with 17 and Cincinnati totaled 15 personal fouls.
Taylor Hendricks is someone who came through in this matchup. He totaled 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and snagged 8 rebounds. He finished 50.0% from the field and also totaled 2 assists.
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UCF enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 13-9 on the campaign. They are averaging 71.6 pts per contest (174th in the country) while hitting 42.9% from the field. The Knights are connecting on 36.3% from downtown (188 of 518) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, UCF is pulling in 36.6 boards per contest and has earned 298 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 251st in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 14.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Knights are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 17.5 fouls. They are giving up 31.3% on three-point shots and they rank 87th in college basketball in points per game allowed (66.3). The Knights defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.0% (508 of 1,240) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 102nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 276 relinquished for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Wichita State Shockers got the victory with a final of 86-75 when they played Tulsa. The Shockers collected 31 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 41 for the game. They turned it over 9 times, while recording 7 steals in the matchup. Tulsa committed 16 fouls in the game which took the Shockers to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a rate of 60.0%. In regard to 3-pointers, Wichita State buried 7 of their 23 attempts (30.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Shockers finished the game shooting 35 for 68 from the field which had them shooting 51.5%. The Shockers permitted Tulsa to make 25 out of their 59 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.4% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 12 out of 30 and ended up going 13 out of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%). Concerning how they rebounded, Wichita State allowed Tulsa to pull down 31 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Jaron Pierre ended up being a factor for the Shockers for this contest. He converted 8 out of 18 for this game for a field goal rate of 44.4%, and had 2 rebounds. He earned 19 points in his 29 minutes of playing time, but finished this game without an assist.
Wichita State has a mark of 12-11 so far this year. The Shockers commit 14.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 71.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.7 times per game (298th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest. Wichita State has totaled 1,582 pts for the year (68.8 per contest) and they collect 36.5 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Shockers are shooting 42.8% from the field, which ranks them 277th in college hoops.
The Shockers on defense are ranked 92nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 66.5. They are forcing 11.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.5% from the field (18th in college hoops). The Wichita State defense allows 31.8% on 3-point shots (177 of 556) and opponents are connecting on 72.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 13.1 assists and 35.6 rebounds per contest, which ranks 213th and 276th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UCF
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