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BYU Cougars Favored to Extend UCF Knights' Road Loss Streak in Big 12 Matchup

The UCF Knights will be aiming to end their recent streak of road losses as they take on the BYU Cougars in a Big 12 matchup on Tuesday night. The game will be held at the Marriott Center, with a scheduled start time of 9 PM ET. UCF is coming off a 66-59 defeat against Texas Tech, where they were considered underdogs at 8.5 points. On the other hand, BYU enters the game with a 72-66 victory over Kansas State, where they were favored at 10.5 points. The Cougars emerged victorious in the previous meeting between the two teams in January. Currently, BYU is the preferred bet, opening at -10.5 and currently holding a line of BYU -11.5.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Golden Knights +450 | Cougars -640
  • Spread: Golden Knights +11.5 (-110) | Cougars -11.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 143.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that BYU will win straight-up is 86%.

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Central Florida Golden Knights

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights recently suffered a loss to the Texas Tech team after their impressive upset win over the 23rd-ranked Oklahoma team. They now aim to recover from the loss by securing a victory against the Cougars, which would mark their second win in their last three games.

Offensively, UCF maintains an average of 71.3 points per game. In their previous game, they scored 59 points, with a shooting percentage of 36.5% for field goals and 20.8% for three-pointers. Darius Johnson showcased his skills by leading the Knights with 14 points and three assists, while Jaylin Sellers contributed 14 points and two rebounds and C.J. Walker added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Defensively, the team has performed well, allowing an average of 65 points per game. In their last game, they conceded 66 points and will need to sustain their defensive efforts if they intend to secure a win. It is worth noting that Ibrahima Diallo's availability for the upcoming game is uncertain due to undisclosed reasons.

In terms of their overall performance this season, UCF holds a power ranking of 142. Offensively, they are ranked 256th, averaging 71.27 points per game. They have a field goal percentage of 41.31%, which ranks them 324th, and a free throw percentage of 70.80%, ranking them 215th. Their three-point shooting stands at 32.04%, placing them 274th in the NCAAB.

On the rebounding front, they average 38.64 rebounds per game, ranking them 58th. Their offensive assists and turnovers amount to 12.14 and 12.86 per game, respectively, placing them 275th and 263rd in the rankings. Defensively, UCF allows opponents to make 40.18% of their field goals, ranking 24th. They concede free throws at a rate of 73.09%, which ranks 274th in the NCAAB. Additionally, they allow opponents to make 33.11% of their three-point attempts, ranking them 167th. UCF secures an average of 34.32 defensive rebounds per game, placing them 34th in the rankings. Finally, they have defensive assists and turnovers of 12.86 and 14.73 per game, respectively, ranking them

BYU Cougars Analysis

The BYU Cougars recently rebounded from a loss to Oklahoma by defeating Kansas State in their latest game. They hope to maintain their momentum by securing a victory against the Knights. This would mark their second consecutive win and their fourth win in the last five games.

Currently, the Cougars have an average of 83.1 points per game. In their most recent game, they scored 72 points, achieving a 42.9 percent success rate on field goals and a 32 percent success rate on three-pointers. Fousseyni Traore led the Cougars with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Spencer Johnson contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Jaxson Robinson also added 12 points and two assists.

Defensively, BYU has performed well, allowing an average of 66.7 points per game. In their last game, they conceded 66 points and will need a similar defensive effort to secure a victory against the Knights.

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BYU Cougars currently hold a power ranking of 162. They rank #18 in offense, scoring an average of 83.09 points per game, and #47 in defense, allowing an average of 66.74 points per game. Overall, their record stands at 17-6 (14-9 ATS). Central Florida has a recent record of 1-0 (0-1 ATS) in their last three matchups against BYU.

Regarding offense, the Cougars have a field goal success rate of 47.21% (ranked #56) and a free throw success rate of 71.56% (ranked #183). They also make an average of 36.09% of their three-pointers (ranked #74 in the NCAAB). Additionally, they average 40.43 rebounds per game (ranked #16), 19.74 offensive assists, and 10.74 turnovers per game (ranked #2 and #79, respectively).

On the defensive end, BYU allows a 41.23% success rate on field goals (ranked #56) and a 70.53% success rate on free throws (ranked #131 in the NCAAB). They also allow an average of 29.81% of three-pointers (ranked #20)

BYU Cougars Expected to Dominate Home Game Against Struggling Knights

The BYU Cougars have enjoyed recent success at home, winning three out of their last four games, including an impressive victory against 24th-ranked Iowa State. Offensively, the Cougars have been outstanding at home, averaging over 87 points per game and boasting a 49 percent shooting percentage. Additionally, their proficiency at the free-throw line has been commendable, with a conversion rate of over 73 percent. The team's ability to find open teammates and their strong rebounding, which includes an average of more than 10 offensive rebounds per game, will provide them with numerous second-chance opportunities in this upcoming game.

Furthermore, the Cougars have demonstrated excellent ball control, committing fewer than eight turnovers per game in their previous three matches, and will pose a challenge for the Knights in terms of easy-scoring opportunities. On the other hand, the Knights have struggled defensively on the road, conceding more than 72 points per game. Consequently, they are expected to face difficulties in containing the Cougars' offense.

In terms of the Knights' performance, they have faced a different fate on the road, losing three consecutive games. Their offensive struggles away from home are evident, averaging less than 65 points per game. Weak ball movement and inferior rebounding compared to the Cougars will limit their chances for additional scoring opportunities. Additionally, their carelessness with turnovers will likely provide the Cougars with easy-scoring opportunities, given BYU's ability to average more than seven steals per game at home.

Defensively, the Cougars have shown great prowess, allowing opponents to score less than 65 points per game at home. In their previous encounter in January, BYU limited the Knights to 58 points on the road, showcasing their ability to contain the Knights' offense. Based on these factors, it is recommended to favor BYU to cover the spread.

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