Houston vs. UCF - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Florida Knights (7-6) at Houston Cougars (7-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston Cougars -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPNEWS, ESPN3
The UCF Knights and Houston Cougars square off Tuesday night at the Hofheinz Pavilion.
The UCF Knights have split their last four games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, UCF is averaging 66.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 70.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 14.2 points and 3.1 rebounds while Adonys Henriquez is averaging 11.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. Brandon Goodwin is dishing 3.8 assists and Staphon Blair is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UCF Knights have solid scoring depth with seven players averaging at least six points while they’re shooting 64.6 percent from the line and 38.8 percent from deep as a team. Defensively, Central Florida is forcing 9.8 turnovers and has allowed 67 or less points in five of its last 10 games.
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The Houston Cougars have split their last 10 games and look for their first conference win. On the season, Houston is averaging 69.2 points on 38.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while Devonta Pollard is averaging 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. L.J. Rose is the third player averaging double-digit points and Danrad Knowles is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Houston Cougars rely on their length that’s producing nearly 39 rebounds and four blocks per game. Offensively, Houston is shooting 65.5 percent from the line and 33.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Houston is forcing 13.8 turnovers per game and has allowed 71 or more points in five of its last eight games.
The Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference and 0-9 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games. The Cougars are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference. The Knights are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
Houston being at home should help in this game, and the Cougars also have more quality depth than UCF. While there are better options on the board, Houston should win this game by double digits.