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UCF vs. Mississippi State - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-0) at Central Florida Knights (0-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and UCF Knights meet Thursday afternoon in college basketball action at the TD Arena on ESPN2.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating Norfolk State on Friday. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 78 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging 22 points and six rebounds while Tyson Carter is averaging 17 points and two assists. I.J. Ready is the third double-digit scorer and Aric Holman is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have split their last four neutral site games.

UCF vs. Mississippi State - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UCF Knights also look for a 2-0 start to the season after beating Nicholls on Monday. The UCF Knights are averaging 80 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 56 points on 28.4 percent shooting. Matt Williams is averaging 20 points and four assists while Tanksley Efianayi is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds. Tacko Fall is the third double-digit scorer and B.J. Taylor is grabbing six rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 22.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 57 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have lost their last two neutral site games.

The Bulldogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The under is 9-3 in Knights last 12 overall and the over is 5-1 in Bulldogs last 6 neutral site games.

Mississippi State is an extremely young basketball team and I'm not sure a close contest against Norfolk State has me ready to buy in just yet. UCF is very long, experienced and gets after it defensively. This could be a season where the UCF Knights make a leap in the AAC and push the rest of the teams. I'll take the points here, as this is a game the Knights could win outright if they win the rebounding battle.

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Central Florida Knights +5.5

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