Davidson vs. UCF - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCF Knights (0-0) vs. Davidson Wildcats (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm (John M. Belk Arena)
The Line: Davidson -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCF Knights and Davidson Wildcats open their season Saturday at the John M. Belk Arena.
The UCF Knights look to get back on track after winning just 25 games their last two seasons. B.J. Taylor will lead UCF again after averaging 12.8 points and 2.5 assists while Adonys Henriquez averaging 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Staphon Blair grabbed 5.2 rebounds and Daiquan Walker dished 1.8 assists. The UCF Knights return a majority of last year’s team which is still young but deeper for coach Donnie Jones. UCF also landed a Tennessee transfer in A.J. Davis, a guy who certainly help the Knights on the defensive side of the ball. UCF simply wasn’t a good team last season, especially on defense, but with a lot of guys returning, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Knights are the most improved team in the AAC.
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The Davidson Wildcats look to clinch their fourth NCAA Tournament bid in the last five seasons. Jack Gibbs will lead the Wildcats after averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 assists while Brian Sullivan averaged 12.7 points and 3.9 assists. Jordan Barham was another double-digit scorer and Peyton Aldridge grabbed 5.1 rebounds. The Davidson Wildcats lost Tyler Kalinoski, but they’re still an extremely deep offensive team that shot 39.1 percent from downtown and averaged 79 points per game. Davidson will continue to play with a fast pace that is tough to keep up with if the opposing team doesn’t have quality shooters. The Davidson Wildcats have won 20 of their last 21 home games.
The Knights are 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
The UCF Knights will be improved, but that does not mean they can go on the road and hang with one of the more explosive teams in college basketball, a team that also rarely loses at home. Give me Davidson in a blowout.