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The UCF Knights travel to Tulane to try and break their five game losing streak as they take on the Green Wave on Tuesday. The Knights lost a 14-point decision to Cincinnati on Saturday, 68-54, while the Green Wave won their second conference game of the season with a 65-51 win over Temple on Saturday.
Knights look to get back in the win columnThe UCF Knights have fallen on hard times after beginning the season with a 9-2 record. They ended non-conference play with a narrow one-point loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, but have lost all four conference games since. In their loss to Cincinnati, the Knights held a 29-26 lead at halftime, but were blown out in the second half on their way to their fifth straight loss. Collin Smith scored a game-high 19 points and nearly recorded a double-double with nine rebounds. Brandon Mahan more than doubled his season average with 13 points and Caesar DeJesus, who played all 40 minutes in he game, added 12 points. UCF shot 42.2% from the floor, but were just 1-9 from three-point range. They were also outrebounded 34-22 by Cincinnati.
Smith and DeJesus lead the way for the Knights, averaging 13.9 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. UCF is averaging 69.3 points per game for the season, while shooting 42.7% from the floor and 29.3% from three-point range.
Green Wave win second conference gameThe Tulane Green Wave won their second game in their last three games with their win over the Temple Owls. Teshaun Hightower and Jordan Walker led the way for the Green Wave with 17 points apiece, but the best overall performance was turned in by K.J. Lawson, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, and six assists. It was his first double-double of the season. Tulane led 35-24 at halftime and shot 44.4% from the floor for the game and 36.0% from three-point range.
The Green Wave began the season by winning seven of their first eight games, with their only loss coming to Mississippi State. They defeated the Utah Utes by four points during that stretch. Since then, they have lost five of their last eight games, with three of those losses coming by single digits.
Hightower and Lawson are the top two point scorers for Tulane this season, averaging 17.3 and 14.2 points per game, respectively. Christion Thompson checks in with 12.4 points per game and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game. The Green Wave average 71.9 points per game and shoot 43.0% from the floor and 37.2% from three-point range.
Trends found on oddsshark.com:
- The Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall
- The Knights are 2-4 ATS in their last six games overall
- The Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus an American Athletic Conference opponent
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Tulane Green Wave have played extremely well at home this season, going 9-2 thus far. The UCF Knights are only 1-3 on the road this season. The Green Wave has started conference play at 2-2, while UCF has lost all four conference games and five straight overall. Tulane has a better shooting team than UCF, especially from three-point range where Tulane ranks 40th, making 37.2% from beyond the arc, compared to UCF, who ranks 326th, making less than 30% of their three-pointers. Tulane also shoots 72.3% from the foul line, which is 103rd in the country, so in a close game that could make the difference.
Prediction: Tulane -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams are averaging over 69 points per game, while both teams are giving up over 67 points per game. UCF ranks 158th in opponents field goal percentage and 187th in opponents three-point field goal percentage, while Tulane ranks 258th and 197th in those categories. The Green Wave has scored over 70 points in three of their last five games. Tulane has also given up over 70 points in three of their last five games. The offenses should be on display in this one,as both teams try and get back into the conference race, so go with the over.
Prediction: Over 134.5