Memphis Tigers (12-4) vs. Central Florida Knights (12-4)
January 11, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Central Florida Knights -2.5 / Memphis Tigers +2.5; Over/Under: +134.5
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The Memphis Tigers and the UCF Knights meet in college basketball action from the Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday night.
The Memphis Tigers will look to build on their 69-59 win over East Carolina last time out. Kendric Davis leads the Tigers in scoring and assists, logging 20 PPG and 6.1 APG while DeAndre Williams has 15.8 PPG and a team-high 7.2 RPG to lead the Tigers in rebounding as the only other double-digit scorer for Memphis up to this point in the season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 78.1 PPG on 47% shooting from the field, 31.7% from three and 71.7% from the foul line this season.
The UCF Knights will try to build on their 85-53 win over UCF last time out. Taylor Hendricks leads the Knights in scoring and rebounding with 14.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG while Darius Johnson has 11.8 PPG and 4.3 APG. C.J. Kelly has 11.5 PPG and 4 RPG while Ithiel Horton has 11.1 PPG and 3.9 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for UCF this season. As a team, UCF is averaging 70.1 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field, 35.7% from three and 74.4% from the foul line this season.
Memphis is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 road games. UCF is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 16-6 in their last 22 home games.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m leaning towards Memphis here. UCF’s had a better home record than Memphis has been on the road this season, but Memphis year in and year out, has a history of beating up on UCF as they’ve won 7 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams. UCF is a solid bunch and this is going to be an intense game, but I like the Memphis Tigers to get the job done here.