Houston at UCF
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
UCF Knights +2 -- Over/Under: 129.5
The 12th ranked Houston Cougars will travel to CFE Arena to take on the UCF Knights this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 12th ranked Houston Cougars won their 6th straight game and improved to 21-1 (8-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 73-66, this past Thursday night. Houston was able to pull away from the Owls after taking a 67-57 lead with 2:04 left in regulation and got revenge on the Owls who handed Houston their only loss of the season in early January. Houston’s defense was solid in the victory as they held Temple to just 34.3% shooting from the field and 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cougars was Corey Davis Jr. who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
On the season, Houston is averaging 75.5 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Corey Davis Jr. (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Armoni Brooks (14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg), Galen Robinson Jr. (8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 bpg), and Dejon Jarreau (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg).
Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 ppg on 36.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The UCF Knights improved to 16-4 (6-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the UConn Huskies, 73-67, this past Thursday. UCF was outstanding defensively in the 1st half against the Huskies and was able to maintain the lead throughout the 2nd half after entering halftime with a 34-22 lead. UCF shot 48.9% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Knights was B.J. Taylor who had 21 points, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, UCF is averaging 73.6 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Knights are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCF has been led by B.J. Taylor (16.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Aubrey Dawkins (15.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Tacko Fall (9.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.8 bpg), and Terrell Allen (7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, UCF is holding their opponents to an average of 63.9 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Knights have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Cougars are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. AAC opponents. The Knights are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Houston continues to pile up wins this season led by their defense that currently ranks 6th in scoring defense, 2nd in defensive FG%, and 11th in rebound margin.
UCF has won 10 of their last 12 games and has also been led by their defense as the Knights currently rank 25th in scoring defense, 14th in defensive FG%, and 31st in blocks per game.
Houston is an outstanding team, however, I’ve haven’t been overly impressed by the Cougars as of late on the road. UCF is a solid defensive team that could give Houston some trouble on their home court and as I think they’ll get enough offensive production by the duo of B.J. Taylor & Aubrey Dawkins, I’m taking UCF at home with the points.