Central Florida vs. South Florida - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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South Florida Bulls (14-17) at Central Florida Knights (16-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Dickies Arena)
The Line: Central Florida Knights +1 -- Over/Under: 127
The South Florida Bulls and the Central Florida Knights meet in college basketball action from Dickies Arena on Thursday.
Coming into this AAC Tournament matchup, South Florida sits at 14-17 on the year. Over the last four games, South Florida is 3-1, falling to Cincinnati and otherwise beating East Carolina, Temple and SMU in that span.
In the win over SMU, South Florida’s leading scorer was David Collins on 15 points, six rebounds and one assist. Anton Maricevic added 14 points and two boards there, and Laquincy Rideau had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Over on the UCF side, they’re 16-14 this season. After a recent three-game losing streak to Tulane, Connecticut and Tulsa, UCF has won their last pair over SMU and East Carolina.
In the win over East Carolina, UCF’s leading scorer was Derin Green with 23 points and two rebounds. Matt Milon added 16 points, one assist and two rebounds there, and Collin Smith had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Central Florida is 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine after an ATS win. Central Florida is 21-7 ATS in their last 28 neutral-site games and the under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, South Florida is 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight Thursday games and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 after a straight-up win. South Florida is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral-site games.
South Florida has certainly had their ups and downs this season, but they come into the tournament on a fairly solid run. The one major thing USF really needs to clean up here is offensive consistency however, as they’ve been at 67 or fewer points in each of their last three games.
As for UCF, they put up a strong offensive effort (94 points) against East Carolina, but prior to that they hadn’t been above 65 in a three-game stretch. Thing is, UCF is usually a pretty good scoring team, so I’m going to stick with the Knights here. Gonna be tight, though.