Connecticut vs. Central Florida - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Central Florida Knights (14-12) at Connecticut Huskies (15-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (XL Center)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -9 -- Over/Under: 133
The UCF Knights and the Connecticut Huskies meet in college basketball action from XL Center on Wednesday.
Central Florida enters this matchup at 14-12 overall. Over the last five games, UCF is 3-2, beating East Carolina, Tulsa and Cincinnati while falling to Wichita State and Tulane otherwise.
In the loss to the Green Wave, Central Florida’s Collin Smith posted a double-double on 16 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. Tony Johnson added 15 points, four assists and three rebounds there, and both Brandon Mahan and Darin Green chipped in 12 points apiece.
Over on the Connecticut side, they’re 15-12 this year. UConn is 2-2 in their last four games, falling to SMU and Temple while otherwise beating Memphis and South Florida in that time.
In the win over USF, Connecticut’s Christian Vital put up 24 points with six rebounds and three assists. James Bouknight added 19 points in the victory, and both Jalen Gaffney and Brendan Adams posted 10 points apiece with a combined seven assists and four rebounds.
UConn is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games and the over is 4-1 in their last five after a straight-up win. The over is 5-1 in Connecticut’s last six overall and 5-1 in their last six home games.
UCF is kind of hit and miss depending on the matchup right now; for instance they weren’t really close in either Wichita State game but didn’t have a ton of issues versus Tulsa and beat a pretty good Bearcats team on the road in 2OT.
That said, Connecticut should come into this one pretty confident; they’ve put up 72 or more points in five of their last six outings and have gone 4-2 in that time. UConn has been giving up points at a pretty good clip during that stretch as well however, so I think Central Florida can get in there and cover, so long as they control the pace of the game early and get started out well.