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Detroit vs. Central Florida - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (5-3) at Detroit Titans (5-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Calihan Hall)

The Line: Detroit Titans -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The UCF Knights will travel to Calihan Hall to take on the Detroit Titans this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UCF Knights won their 4th straight game and improved to 5-3 (0-0 American) on the season after defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls, 75-61, this past Saturday. UCF shot 46.7% from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Knights were outstanding defensively as they held the Owls to just 36.8% shooting from the field and 27.8% shooting form beyond the arc. UCF committed just 11 turnovers and outrebounded Florida Atlantic by a 44-31 margin. Leading the way for UCF was A.J. Davis who had a double-double with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. On the season, the Knights have been led by A.J. Davis (12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), Adonys Henriquez (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Shaheed Davis (10.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Offensively, UCF is averaging 74.6 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Knights average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, UCF is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 36.6 shooting. The Knights have a rebound margin of 8.8 and a turnover margin of -4.9.

Detroit vs. Central Florida - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Titans won their 3rd straight game and improved to 5-3 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 95-80, this past Saturday. Detroit had a great game offensively as they shot 47.1% from the field and 43.3% (13-30) from beyond the arc. The Titans allowed the Falcons to shoot 44.1% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from three-point range. Detroit won the turnover battle by a 10-9 margin and outrebounded Bowling Green by a 41-37 margin. Leading the way for Detroit was Paris Bass who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Titans have been led by Paris Bass (25.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Anton Wilson (13.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Chris Jenkins (12.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Detroit is averaging 85.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 41.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Titans average 10.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 82.1 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Titans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games.

UCF has gotten off to a great start to their season as they’ve improved greatly on defense helped by the addition of their 7-6 center, Tacko Fall. Detroit has rebounded from a tough start to their season which included a 50 point loss to Vanderbilt and has won their last three at home against Northeastern, Toledo, and Bowling Green. UCF has performed well without B.J. Taylor however, needs to do a better job protecting the ball as the Knights can be turnover prone. Detroit is a much better team when they play on their home court and although I do like the direction that the UCF team is headed, I think the Titans will be able to beat UCF from beyond the arc and cover this small home spread. Take Detroit to cover. 

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