Free NCAAB Pick: Knights vs Mustangs NCAAB Odds
Looking for Central Florida Knights vs. SMU Mustangs free NCAAB picks & NCAAB odds? NCAAB betting sees the Knights taking on the Mustangs on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Moody Coliseum, University Park, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NCAAB basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAAB hoops predictions like this Mustangs Knights matchup.
(16-5) Central Florida Knights vs. SMU Mustangs (12-10)
Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 2:00PM EST
Venue: Moody Coliseum, University Park, Texas
NCAAB Moneyline Odds: off
NCAAB Betting Odds: SMU -1
NCAAB Betting Total: 137
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The SMU Mustangs have dropped five of their last six games as each of their last three losses were decided by 5 points or less. They also continue to struggle offensively in shooting just 42% from the floor versus the South Florida Bulls at home most recently, their second home loss in three games.
The Central Florida Knights certainly have their eyes on the third place slot within the AAC, as they are only two games behind the Temple Owls. On the other hand, the surging South Florida Bulls are also hot on the heels of the Knights as Central Florida possesses just a half-game lead.
The Mustangs’ Isiaha Mike (12 ppg, 5 rebs) committed four turnovers in their loss at home to the Bulls of South Florida. On the other hand, Mike led the team with 18 points as he is now averaging 19 points in the last five outings for SMU.
Leading scorer Jahmal McMurray (19 ppg) continues to shine as well as he also pumped in 15 points versus South Florida as well. However, the defense has been off recently as they have been a bit more generous, despite allowing just 43% shooting to opponents per night.
In all, this will be the first of two matchups versus these squads as the Mustangs will visit the Knights on February 24th. However, SMU will be looking to right their ship versus a stingy defensive team in the Knights. Yet, UCF has allowed only 61 points to opponents in their last four road games.
Central Florida Knights
The Knights rely on their defense in which to remain competitive on a nightly basis. Their offense continues to shoot 46% from the floor on the year, however, only averages 67 points per game during a rough three-game stretch.
Their most recent defeat was at the hands of top-seeded Houston Cougars as both teams shot horribly from the field. However, the Knights inability to convert free throws while boxing out their opponent, resulted in yet another loss, which dropped UCF to 4th within the AAC.
B.J. Taylor (17 ppg) led UCF with 21 points in the loss as he has been the tip of the spear for their offensive charge all year. And while Taylor posted 21 points each in the last two games for the Knights, Tacko Fall (10 ppg, 7 rebs) continues to be a defensive force as the 7’6” giant has averaged just under two blocks per game in the last four outings.
Finally, 6’6” guard Aubrey Dawkins (15 ppg) came out of a recent funk versus the Cougars as he posed 13 points while grabbing 5 rebounds in defeat.
NCAAB Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-3 in SMU last 11 overall.
- Favorite is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Free Central Florida Knights vs SMU Mustangs NCAAB Prediction:
Both these squads have much to lose with a loss in this Sunday afternoon showdown. On one hand, the Knights will look to string together some wins to come even closer to overtaking 3rd place within the conference. On the other hand, SMU will be looking to play much better while attempting to halt a damaging losing streak. In all, the Mustangs have simply not had it on either side of the floor lately. Look for them to struggle in this contest versus a UCF team that allows just 38% shooting to opponents per night. In the end, the Knights will atone for their recent road loss to Memphis in picking up a hard-fought, 65-62 win.
4* Free NCAAB Betting Pick: Under 137
The under has been the play in four of the last five outings for the Mustangs. On the other hand, it has also been the result in three of the last four road games for UCF. In all, expect these trends to continue as both squads will assert themselves early and often on the defensive end as they will face off versus two inconsistent offenses.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Knights 65 – Mustangs 62
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