Connecticut vs. Central Florida - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Florida Knights (12-4) at Connecticut Huskies (8-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The UCF Knights and UConn Huskies meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Gampel Pavilion.
The UCF Knights look for another victory after winning eight of their last nine games. The UCF Knights are averaging 65.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 58.9 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Tacko Fall is averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while A.J. Davis is averaging 11.3 points and 2.4 assists. Ceasar DeJesus is dishing 1.9 assists and Dayon Griffin is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have won three of their last four road games.
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The UConn Huskies need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 70.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while Terry Larrier is averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Alterique Gilbert is dishing 2.8 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 7-21 ATS in their last 28 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Knights are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I've been high on UCF all season, as that defense is no joke and will always keep the Knights in games against anybody. I've also been bashing the UConn Huskies, as this isn't UConn from a few years ago, and the struggle is real. So, one would think I'd be all over Central Florida here. However, in a pick em game, I find value in the UConn Huskies, as regardless of the issues they have offensively, they're still a tough team to play in their own building. If we were getting a couple buckets with UCF, I'd back the road team, but in a pick em spot, I give the edge to the UConn Huskies.