Tulsa vs. UCF - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa vs. UCF - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UCF Knights (14-13) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (19-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Donald Reynolds Center)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -7 -- Over/Under: 128.5

TV: ESPNU

The UCF Knights and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet in AAC college hoops action from the Reynolds Center on Saturday evening.

The UCF Knights will try to climb out of the lower ranks in the AAC standings, sitting at 5-10 in conference play after an 81-65 loss to UConn last time out. Collin Smith leads UCF in scoring with 12.7 PPG as well as logging 6.2 RPG while Ceasar DeJesus has 10 PPG this season. Dazon Ingram also has 8.6 PPG as well as team-highs of 7.2 RPG and 3.7 APG this season. As a team, UCF is averaging 68.8 points on 42.7% shooting from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 70.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.6 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 31.8% from 3-point range this season. UCF is 4-6 straight up and 7-3 against the spread on the road this season.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to create separation at the top of the AAC mountain, sitting in a three-way tie at 11-4 in conference play after a 62-57 win over Tulane last time out. Martins Igbanu leads Tulsa in scoring with 13.4 PPG as well as logging 5.2 RPG while Brandon Rachal is 2nd in scoring with 12.4 PPG as well as logging a team-high 5.7 RPG this season. Jeriah Horne has 11.1 PPG while Elijah Joiner leads Tulsa in assists with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 68.6 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range and 70.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63.8 points on 39.7% shooting from the field and 29.3% from 3-point range this season. Tulsa is 14-2 straight up and 10-6 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 13-3-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.

Tulsa kind of scraping by Tulane was a bit of a head-scratcher, but even still, side by side, the Golden Hurricane are playing better basketball than UCF right now, and it’s propelled Tulsa to one of the top seeds in the AAC tournament in the next couple of weeks. UCF has done a good job covering on the road, but a lot of that success came earlier in the season as the Knights have suffered losses to UConn, USF and Wichita State pretty handily in the last month. I just think Tulsa is the much better team and the line isn’t unreasonable, so I’ll lay the points with the Golden Hurricane in this one.

Chris’s Pick Tulsa -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.