NCAA Basketball Picks Free: Florida vs UCF, March 15th

NCAA Basketball Picks Free: Florida vs UCF, March 15th

 

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Knights money line +170
Knights spread +3 (-110)
Gators money line -185
Gators spread -3 (-110)
Over / under 142.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  UCF Knights Florida Gators
Record 18-14 16-16
Neutral site record 3-2 10-5
Streak L1 L1
Points per game 72.00 70.00
Points allowed per game 66.00 67.00
Rebounds per game 33.00 36.00
Rebounds allowed per game 33.00 35.00
Over / under record 19-12-1 16-16
 

Preview

The Florida Gators and the UCF Knights will face off in the first round of the NIT. Both teams will be looking to make a deep run in the tournament and end their season on a high note. The game will take place on March 15th at the Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center, with tip-off set for 4:00 PM EST.

In this article, we will provide an extended preview of both teams, their strengths and weaknesses, and make a final prediction of who we think will win.

 

UCF Knights

The UCF Knights have been a solid team throughout the season, and their appearance in the NIT will give them an opportunity to showcase their skills against one of their in-state rivals, the Florida Gators. The Knights finished the season with an 18-14 record and secured the seventh spot in the American Athletic Conference.

Leading the charge for the Knights is forward Tony Hendricks, who averages an impressive 15.3 points per game and shoots a remarkable 78.5% from the field. Hendricks has been the go-to player for the Knights all season, and he will need to have a big game if they hope to advance to the next round. The Knights will also rely on guard C.J. Kelly, who averages 11.4 points per game and 2.8 assists per game.

The Knights have had an inconsistent run in their recent games, winning only two of their last five. They lost their most recent game to Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. However, the team will be looking to bounce back in this game and cause an upset against the Gators.

The Knights have been a solid team on the road this season, winning eight of their 17 away games. They will need to draw on this experience to their advantage against a tough Florida team. The Knights will need to maintain their composure in the face of the hostile home crowd and make sure that they execute their game plan to perfection.

Defensively, the Knights have been a strong team, allowing just 65.6 points per game, which is the 43rd best mark in the country. They have been particularly tough against the three-point shot, allowing just 30.3% from beyond the arc. The Knights will need to maintain this defensive intensity against the Gators, who average 7.8 three-pointers per game.

The Knights will also need to control the pace of the game, which will be key to their success. They are a team that likes to play at a slow pace and execute their plays to perfection. If they can slow down the game and limit the Gators' opportunities on the fast break, they will be in a good position to keep the game close.

Overall, the Knights will be looking to cause an upset in this game and make a statement in the NIT. They will need to rely on their experience on the road, their solid defense, and their ability to control the pace of the game to keep the game close and potentially cover the +3 points spread.

With the Knights' experience on the road and their solid defense, they have the potential to cause problems for the Gators. While the Gators are favored to win this game, the Knights have the tools to keep the game close and potentially cover the +3 points spread. If Hendricks and Kelly can continue to perform at a high level, and the team can execute their game plan to perfection, then the Knights have a real chance of causing an upset in this game.

 

Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have had an up-and-down season, struggling to find consistency throughout the year. Despite finishing eighth in the Southeastern Conference, they will be hoping to turn things around in the NIT and end their season on a high note.

One player who has consistently stepped up for the Gators this season is forward Colin Castleton. The junior leads the team in both points and rebounds, averaging 16.0 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Castleton has been a force in the paint all season and will be looking to continue his dominant play in the NIT.

However, the Gators have been in inconsistent form lately, winning just two of their last five games. They will be hoping to turn things around and find their rhythm in the tournament. Their most recent loss came against Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament, where they lost in overtime by a score of 69-68.

The Gators have been strong at home this season, winning 11 of their 17 games at the Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. They will be looking to use their home-court advantage to their benefit in this game against UCF.

Despite their struggles, the Gators will not take their in-state rivals lightly. They know that the Knights will come out firing and will be looking to cause an upset. The Gators will need to bring their A-game and play tough defense if they hope to advance to the next round.

The Florida Gators have a talented team, but they have been inconsistent this season. They will need to find their rhythm and play to their potential if they hope to make a deep run in the NIT.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 13 of Central Florida's last 17 games.

Central Florida are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games.

Central Florida are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against Florida.

Central Florida are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games on the road.

Central Florida are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Florida.

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Florida's last 10 games.

Florida are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games at home.

Florida are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Central Florida.

Florida are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

 

Prediction

The Knights have been a solid team throughout the season, but they have had an inconsistent run in their recent games, winning only two of their last five. They lost their most recent game to Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. However, the team will be looking to bounce back in this game and cause an upset against the Gators.

The Knights have been strong on the road this season, but they will need to use their experience to their advantage against a tough Florida team. Defensively, the Knights have been a strong team, allowing just 65.6 points per game, which is the 43rd best mark in the country. However, the Gators have a potent offense that could pose problems for the Knights.

On the other hand, the Florida Gators have a talented team that has struggled to find consistency throughout the season. The Gators are led by forward Colin Castleton, who has been a force in the paint all season. The Gators have been strong at home this season, winning 11 of their 17 games at the Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. They will be looking to use their home-court advantage to their benefit in this game against UCF.

The Gators have been in inconsistent form lately, but they have the potential to find their rhythm and play to their potential. They will need to bring their A-game and play tough defense if they hope to advance to the next round. If Castleton can continue his dominant play and the team can execute their game plan to perfection, then the Gators have a real chance of winning this game.

In conclusion, the Gators are favored to win this game, and they have the tools to come out victorious. While the Knights have the potential to keep the game close, the Gators have the talent and the home-court advantage to come out with a win. Therefore, the final prediction is that the Florida Gators will win this game and cover the -3 points spread.

 

PICK: Gators -3 (-110)

 

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