Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Knights vs. Cougars CBB Odds
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2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(15-8) Central Florida Knights vs. Houston Cougars (20-4)
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Fertitta Center, Houston TX
CBB Moneyline Odds: Knights +650 | Cougars -1000
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Central Florida Knights +14 |Houston Cougars -14 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 136
Central Florida Knights
The Central Florida Knights get set to take on Houston Cougars with an overall record of 15-8. Team-Rankings.com power rankings place Knights as the 86th best team in college basketball.
In their last game, Central Florida defeated Tulsa by a score of 76-67. So far, Central Florida has a below .500 record on the road, sitting at 4-5-0.
Through 23.0 games, the Knights are averaging 70.9 points per game. Giving them a rank of 186th in college basketball. Defensively, they are the 136th ranked team, allowing 67.5 points per contest.
The Central Florida Knights come into this game with a balanced scoring attack, as 3 players are averaging at least 10 points per game. So far, 47.0% of the team’s points have come from these 3 players. The leader of this group is Darin Green, averaging 13.7 points per game. On the season, he has shown a willingness to shoot the ball from long range, as 44.0% of his shots come from downtown. So far, he has connected on 40.0% of these attempts.
The Knights’ second-leading scorer is Darius Perry adding 11.3 points per game. Thus far, he has a field goal percentage of 40.0%. Not only does Perry help the team through scoring but he is also Knights’ top distributor, dishing out 4.6 assists per game. Down low, Cheikh Mbacke Diong is the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 6.0 per game.
The Houston Cougars come into this game with an overall record of 20-4. According to Team-Rankings.com’s power rankings, the Cougars are the 6th best team in college basketball.
On the season, Houston has performed well in their 13 home games, holding a record of 12-1-0. Through 24.0 games, the Cougars are averaging 76.4 points per game. Giving them a rank of 61st in college basketball. Defensively, they are the 5th ranked team, allowing 58.3 points per contest.
Like their opponent, the Houston Cougars features a lineup wilth several players capable of sharing the scoring load, as 5 players are averaging at least 10 points per game. So far, 67.0% of the team’s points have come from these 5 players. The leader of this group is Marcus Sasser, averaging 17.7 points per game. On the season, he has shown a willingness to shoot the ball from long range, as 43.0% of his shots come from downtown. So far, he has connected on 44.0% of these attempts.
The Cougars’ second-leading scorer is Kyler Edwards adding 13.8 points per game. Thus far, he has a field goal percentage of 38.0%. Down low, Josh Carlton is the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 6.3 per game. While Jamal Shead leads his team in assists, dishing out 5.3 per game
CBB Betting Trends:
- Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Cougars are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Central Florida Knights vs. Houston Cougars NCAAB Prediction:
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Houston -14
Heading into this game, the Houston Cougars have an average scoring margin of +18.1 points, in large part to a defense holding teams to an effective field goal percentage of just 43%. This mark places them 5th best in the NCAA.
Throughout the season, Houston has been even more dominant when playing at home, giving up just 54 points per game compared to their season average of 58.
Even with a big point spread, look for the Cougars to pick up the win and cover.
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