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Central Florida vs. Houston - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (19-8) at Central Florida Knights (11-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (CFE Federal Credit Union Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights +5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Central Florida Knights and the Houston Cougars face off on Wednesday in AAC college basketball action.

The UCF Knights are 11-14 this season and they have lost their last five games. Central Florida is averaging 70.3 points per game and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. A.J. David leads the Knights averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Adonys Henriquez is averaging 9.8 points, Matt Williams is averaging 8.8 points, and Daiquan Walker is averaging 7.4 points. UCF is 7-7 at home and 5-9 in AAC play.

Central Florida vs. Houston - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars are 19-8 this season and they are coming off of a loss to Temple that ended a three game winning streak. Houston is averaging 78.3 points per game and they are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Rob Gray Jr. leads the Cougars averaging 17.2 points per game. Devonta Pollard is averaging 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds, Damyean Dotson is averaging 13.4 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Ronnie Johnson is averaging 9.7 points. Houston is 4-4 on the road and 9-6 in AAC play.

Central Florida is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 home games, 2-5 against the spread following a loss, and 2-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Houston is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games, and 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The underdog is 11-4-1 against the point spread in their last 16 meetings of these two.

I haven’t loved Houston this season especially of late but they are still the better option here. 

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Houston Cougars -5.5

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