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Memphis vs. Central Florida - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (9-7) at Memphis Tigers (10-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The UCF Knights and Memphis Tigers play Saturday at the FedExForum.

The UCF Knights have split their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Central Florida is averaging 69.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 72.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 assists while Adonys Henriquez is averaging 11.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Brandon Goodwin is the third player averaging double-digit points and Staphon Blair is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The UCF Knights have seven players averaging at least 6.9 points, and they’re shooting 64.1 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, UCF is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four straight games. UCF is 1-3 SU on the road.

Memphis vs. Central Florida - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Memphis Tigers have split their last four games and look for their fourth AAC win. On the season, Memphis is averaging 67.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Austin Nichols is averaging 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds while Trashon Burrell is averaging 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Shaq Goodwin is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Pookie Powell is dishing 3.4 assists. The Memphis Tigers are a defensive team that’s allowing 26.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 63 or less points in five of their last seven games. Offensively, Memphis is shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. Memphis is 8-3 SU on its home court.

The Knights are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knights are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis and 1-7-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

Memphis is in somewhat of a letdown spot after coming off a big win over Cincinnati. While UCF hasn't won much, it's lost a few close games and has the offense to give the Tigers some fits. I'll take the points. 

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