Central Florida vs. Missouri - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri Tigers (5-2) at Central Florida Knights (4-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm (CFE Arena)
The Line: Central Florida Knights +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Missouri Tigers and UCF Knights meet Thursday in college basketball action at the CFE Arena.
The Missouri Tigers look for their first road win of the season to build on their surprising 5-2 record. The Missouri Tigers are averaging 82.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Kassius Robertson is averaging 13.6 points and three assists while Kevin Puryear is averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jordan Barnett is the third double-digit scorer and Jontay Porter is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Missouri Tigers are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri Tigers are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Missouri Tigers haven’t won a road game since January of 2014.
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The UCF Knights need a win here to snap a a string of back-to-back losses. The UCF Knights are averaging 64.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Tacko Fall is averaging 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while A.J. Davis is averaging 10.3 points and 11 rebounds. Ceasar DeJesus is dishing 1.5 assists and Dayon Griffin is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 21.7 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have won seven straight home games.
The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knights are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The under is 4-0 in Knights last 4 overall and the over is 19-7 in Tigers last 26 road games.
The Missouri Tigers have been finding ways to win without Michael Porter on the court, and they just faced a tough defense in West Virignia, scoring 79 points and giving themselves a chance to win late. The UCF Knights remain one of the top defenses in the league, but scoring is still like pulling teeth and it will be even tougher with BJ Taylor out, the only guy on this roster capable of making consistent shots. Missouri is proven already and has the offense to do just enough to steal this one on the road. I'll lay the bucket with the road team. UCF has to find some offense if it wants to beat good teams.