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East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (9-4) at East Carolina Pirates (6-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates +11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The UCF Knights and East Carolina Pirates meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Minges Coliseum.

The UCF Knights look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The UCF Knights are averaging 66.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.2 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Tacko Fall is averaging 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while A.J. Davis is averaging 10.8 points and 2.5 assists. Ceasar DeJesus is dishing 1.5 assists and Dayon Griffin is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have won six of their last seven road games.

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East Carolina vs. Central Florida - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates could use a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 67.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 15.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Isaac Fleming is averaging 13.8 points and 4.8 assists. Kentrell Barkley is the third double-digit scorer and Shawn Williams is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 26.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have won five of their last seven home games.

The Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. American Athletic Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The UCF Knights are a really good team to back, as they're an elite defensive club that always brings it and gives themselves a chance to win. The problem is UCF is a slow tempo offensively and doesn't have the offensive firepower to run away with a game. UCF is good when getting points or a small line, but not big numbers. East Carolina can play some defense of its own and does have a lot of success when playing at home. The points seem like a safe bet here with the home team.

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