Cincinnati vs. Central Florida - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Florida Knights (12-14) at Cincinnati Bearcats (18-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The UCF Knights and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Wednesday night at the Fifth Third Arena.
The UCF Knights look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, UCF is averaging 66.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 71.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 13.3 points and 2.5 assists while Adonys Henriquez is averaging 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. Brandon Goodwin is the third double-digit scorer and Daiquan Walker is dishing two assists. The UCF Knights have five players averaging at least 7.9 points, and they’re shooting 64.5 percent from the line and 35.9 percent shooting from deep. Defensively, UCF is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last eight games.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats need a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 61.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 55.3 points on 39 percent shooting. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.7 points and 3.4 assists while Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Farad Cobb is dishing 1.5 assists and Gary Clark is grabbing seven rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats have four players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 31.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 59 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.
The Knights are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Bearcats are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
One, Cincinnati hasn't been that consistent above-average team that we're used to seeing. Also, the Bearcats don't have the offense to blow teams out, as majority of their games are a grind it out style. While I don't love this game, taking the points seems to be the safest bet.