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Central Florida Knights vs. Houston Cougars - 2/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (9-14) at Central Florida Knights (10-13)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm (CFE Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Houston Cougars pay a visit to the Sunshine State to battle the Central Florida Knights at UCF Arena.

I would have to say I expected more from the Houston Cougars then a 1-10 conference record but they have really struggled to get their scoring and defense on the same page. The Cougars don't possess a big offense so when they do score the game has to go in the win column and that didn't happen in a 75-69 loss to visiting Southern Methodist on Thursday. The Mustangs were a red hot 53.7% from the floor with the Cougars staying competitive on 40.7% thanks to eleven makes from long range. Jherrod Stiggers led a trio of double figure scorers with 17 points followed by a 14 point, ten rebound night from LeRon Barnes. Devonta Pollard added 13 points and five yanks while Danrad Knowles and LJ Rose combined for 17 points with Knowles posting five boards.

Central Florida Knights vs. Houston Cougars - 2/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


I suppose Central Florida could go on a season ending hot streak to move up a notch or two in the conference standings but at 3-9 in league play I think winning a few games now would be more of a confidence booster heading in to the postseason where one of the top teams would not want to see a hot team. The Knights took a step in the right direction with a 73-62 victory over South Florida Wednesday where an early eleven point lead held up. The Bulls were limited to under 36% marksmanship which nullified 19 more looks at the basket while the hosts connected at 49% and sank nine more free throws to win comfortably. Kasey Wilson was the offensive star with a game high 18 points and eleven rebounds on 7-10 shooting with BJ Taylor adding 15 points and five yanks. Staphon Blair netted 14 points and grabbed seven boards while Daiquan Walker tossed in ten.

The Cougars are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. American Athletic Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games. Houston are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Knights are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. Central Florida are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. We are talking abou two teams that are 5-15 the last 20 games and if that doesn't dull your confidence...

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