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UCF vs. Connecticut - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Connecticut at UCF
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
CFE Federal Credit Union Arena
Orlando, FL
The Line
UCF Knights -6.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The UConn Huskies and the UCF Knights meet in AAC college basketball action from the CFE Federal Credit Union Arena on Thursday night.

The UConn Huskies will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 80-60 win over Wichita State in their last outing. Christian Vital led the Huskies with 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Jalen Adams added 19 points along with 12 rebounds for the double-double. Tyler Polley added 12 rebounds with 3 threes and Josh Carlton added 11 points with 6 rebounds and 4 blocks to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UConn in the win. Alterique Gilbert added 5 points while dishing out a team-high 6 assists as well in the victory. Adams leads UConn in scoring with 18.2 points per game while Vital leads the Huskies in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Gilbert leads UConn in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UConn is averaging 78.8 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the 3-point line and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

The UCF Knights will be looking to rebound after a 77-57 loss to Memphis in their last outing. B.J. Taylor led the Knights with 10 points, including a pair of threes as the lone UCF player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Collin Smith added 8 points with 3 steals while Tacko Fall had 7 points with 6 rebounds. Chad Brown added a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while Terrell Allen dished out a team-high 3 assists as well in the defeat. Taylor leads UCF in scoring with 16.7 points per game while Fall leads the Knights in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and Allen leads UCF in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UCF is averaging 73.6 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 62.6% from the foul line this season.

UConn is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games while the over is 11-5 in their last 16 conference games. UCF is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

UConn has been playing better as of late so the points could be worth a look. However, UConn also has their fair share of struggles on the road dating back to last season, and are being outscored by 5.4 points per game on the road this season. UCF hasn’t been overly dominant at home, but the Knights are outscoring teams by 11.7 points per game at home and tend to step up their defense in front of their home fans so I’ll lay the points with UCF in what I see being a double-digit victory for the Knights.

Pick:
UCF -6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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