Central Florida vs. East Carolina - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Carolina Pirates (10-19) at Central Florida Knights (18-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Central Florida Knights -13.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 See the Latest Odds
The East Carolina Pirates and UCF Knights meet Thursday in the college basketball AAC Tournament at the Amway Center.
The East Carolina Pirates head into this tournament on a five-game losing streak. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 66.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 15 points and 4.2 rebounds while Isaac Fleming is averaging 12.9 points and five assists. Kentrell Barkley is the third double-digit scorer and Shawn Williams is grabbing 1.6 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have split their last four neutral site games.
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The UCF Knights head into this tournament splitting their last 12 games. The UCF Knights are averaging 62.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 39.5 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 15.5 points and 3.2 assists while A.J. Davis is averaging 12.4 points and eight rebounds. Tacko Fall is the third double-digit scorer and Dayon Griffin is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have lost four of their last five neutral site games.
The Pirates are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. American Athletic Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Knights are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. American Athletic Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The UCF Knights beat the East Carolina Pirates by 20 points on new years eve, which was the only meeting between these two clubs. The East Carolina Pirates are downright awful, losing five straght and being outscored by 21.6 points during that stretch thanks to shooting just 40.5 percent from the field and allowing 53 percent shooting. If East Carolina can't score the basketball against average teams, it's tough seeing that change against one of the best defensive clubs in the country. Not to mention UCF is going to be a force in this tournament with the return of B.J. Taylor, a guy who adds offense to this defensive first team. I'll take Central Florida in a beatdown.