UCF Golden Knights vs. Houston Cougars Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 17 (2/17): NCAAB

UCF Golden Knights vs. Houston Cougars Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 17 (2/17): NCAAB

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Odds
Time 9:00 p.m. EST
UCF money line +600
UCF spread +13.5
HOU money line -1000
HOU spread -13.5
Over / under 136.5

 

2021-2022 season stats
  UCF Houston
Record 15-8 20-4
Road / home record 4-5 12-1
Streak W2 L2
Points per game 70.9 76.4
Points allowed per game 67.5 58.3
Rebounds per game 35.2 39.4
Rebounds allowed per game    
Over / under record 11-12 12-12

 
Preview

The UCF Golden Knights will travel and take on the Houston Cougars this Thursday evening from the Fertitta Center. The Cougars won the first meeting in Orlando last month, 63-49.

 

UCF Golden Knights

The Golden Knights are 3-1 this month, picking up three home wins over Tulsa, Wichita State and I-4 rival USF. UCF held off a late rally from the Golden Hurricane last time out, 76-67.

UCF is 15-8 this season, with a 7-6 record in American play.

Johnny Dawkins team is averaging 70.9 points per game on 44.4% shooting, while allowing 73.1 points per game. Julian Champagnie (18.3ppg, 6.8rpg) is the team's leading scorer.

 

Houston Cougars

The Cougars were riding a 12-game winning streak prior to taking their first two losses of 2022 last week to SMU and Memphis. Taze Moore paced the team in points during both games with just 32 points combined.

Houston is 20-4 this season, with a 9-2 record in American play.

Kelvin Sampson's team is averaging 76.4 points per game on 44.9% shooting, while allowing just 58.3 points per game. Kyler Edwards leads the charge (13.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg) leads the charge for the Cougars, but he's been in a bit of a slump lately.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Central FL is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.

UCF is 2-4 SU in their last 6 road games.

Houston is 2-3 ATS in their last 5 games.

HOU is 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games.

 

Prediction

Houston will need more from Kyler Edwards, but they find themselves in a great bounce back spot here. The Cougars won 12 straight games prior to blowing a double-digit lead to SMU last week, and I feel like they'll respond to their first two-game skid of the season strong with a dominant win.

Take Houston's spread confidently Thursday.

PICK: Houston -13.5 (-110)

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