Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wolverines vs. Knights CBB Odds
Looking for Michigan Wolverines vs. UCF Knights NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Wolverines taking on the Knights on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at the Addition Arena in Orlando, FL. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA basketball predictions like this Dayton Rhode Island matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(7-4) Michigan Wolverines vs. UCF Knights (8-2)
Date: Wednesday, December 30th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Addition Arena, Orlando, FL
CBB Moneyline Odds: Wolverines -195 | Knights +150
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Michigan -6.5 | UCF +6.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 135.5
The Michigan Wolverines collide with the UCF Knights in an inter-conference battle on Thursday evening from Addition Arena in Orlando, FL.
The Wolverines defeated Southern Utah in their latest action. The Knights topped Northern Alabama in their previous bout.
Michigan tallied an 80-58 win against UCF last season.
The Michigan Wolverines enter the final non-conference game of the schedule. Overall it’s been an uninspiring season for a team expected to win the Big Ten. They have been tagged with defeats by Seton Hall, Arizona, North Carolina, and most recently a loss to conference foe Minnesota. Michigan covered the 16 point spread with an 87-50 win against Southern Utah in their latest action.
Hunter Dickinson has eclipsed 20 points in two out of his last four games. The sophomore center has registered five double-doubles on the year and is sporting an average of 15.6 PPG and 9.1 RPG. Eli Brooks is struggling right now, shooting below 40% in four straight games. The senior guard is now averaging 12.6 PPG on 42.9% shooting.
The Wolverines are currently ranked 16th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are not ranked in the AP Top 25. Michigan is scoring an average of 73.5 points on the year, landing them 142nd in DI. They are limiting foes to only 64.5 points, good for 97th.
The UCF Knights are targeting the fifth consecutive victory in this one. They have only lost two games all season which occurred against good foes in Oklahoma and a ranked Auburn squad. UCF was labeled huge 18 point favorites in a 75-64 home win against North Alabama before the holiday.
Darin Green Jr. will take several threes a game and is usually quite accurate from deep. The junior guard features a dazzling 40% efficiency from three-point land and is averaging 14.8 PPG on the season. Darius Perry scored 15 points last time out. The senior guard is the playmaker of the squad, averaging 11.7 PPG and a team-leading 5.2 APG.
The Knights are now placed at 53rd in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They are 5-1 on their home floor with the only defeat coming in a 65-62 decision to Oklahoma. UCF is averaging 73.6 points on the season, positioning them 146th overall. They are a strong defensive team limiting foes to only 63.6 points, landing them 83rd in DI.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Michigan is 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games
- UCF is 2-3 ATS in their last 5 games
4* Free Michigan vs. UCF CBB Betting Pick: UCF -5.5
The Michigan Wolverines have been inconsistent but also have experienced a very challenging schedule. The UCF Knights have been tasked with an easy schedule. The strongest two opponents they have played this season resulted in defeats, losing to Oklahoma and Auburn.
Furthermore, the Wolverines have better offensive and defensive stats. Michigan’s stifling defense should be able to contain a Knights team that only managed 62 and 68 points respectively against Oklahoma and Auburn. Michigan has been inconsistent but the talent is there. Despite the inconsistent play, they are averaging 3.9 more points per 100 possessions than UCF and also have much better defensive stats.
Take the Wolverines on the road to win and cover.
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