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Tulane vs. UCF - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCF at Tulane
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Devlin Fieldhouse
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: Tulane +13.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The UCF Knights and Tulane Green Wave meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Devlin Fieldhouse.

The UCF Knights look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The UCF Knights are averaging 74.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 39 percent shooting. B.J. Taylor is averaging 17.1 points and 2.9 assists while Aubrey Dawkins is averaging 16 points and 5.4 rebounds. Tacko Fall is the third double-digit scorer and Terrell Allen is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have lost two of their last three road games.

The Tulane Green Wave could use a win here that would snap a seven-game losing streak. The Tulane Green Wave are averaging 67.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Caleb Daniels is averaging 15.8 points and 2.9 assists while Samir Sehic is averaging 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. Jordan Cornish is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Zhang is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Tulane Green Wave are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Tulane Green Wave are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Tulane Green Wave have lost five of their last eight home games.

The Knights are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Knights are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Tulane and 11-1-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The over is 20-6 in Green Wave last 26 Wednesday games. The over is 13-6 in Knights last 19 vs. American Athletic Conference.

Eight of the last 10 meetings between UCF and Tulane have been decided by nine or less points. The UCF Knights are clearly the better basketball team, but they've also had little success on the road and are just 3-5 ATS when favored by seven or more points. The Tulane Green Wave are a solid 6-2 ATS this season at home where the offense boosts its shooting percentage to 45.6 percent and is losing by an average of 0.5 points. This could easily be a UCF blowout, but based on the trends for Tulane and UCF not being as effective on the road, I'll take a stab with the Green Wave and the points.

Pick:
Tulane +13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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