Houston vs. UCF Basketball Betting Preview & Sportsbook Picks
The 2019 college basketball betting season continues this Thursday night with an interesting Houston vs. UCF basketball match. The Cougars are having a highly successful season, having only conceded one loss so far. The Knights on the other hand, have posted a 3-2 record in their last 5 and will be vying for a dominant outing this Thursday evening. Will this contest have March Madness betting implications? Let’s take a look at the odds to find out.
Houston vs. UCF Basketball – Thursday, February 7th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida
Stream: CBS Sports
College Basketball Betting Odds:
|Houston U||-2½ (-110)||132 (-110)||-145|
|Central Florida||+2½ (-110)||132 (-110)||+125|
— UCF Men's Basketball (@UCF_MBB) February 7, 2019
The Cougars walk into this evening’s American Conference matchup sporting a 21-1 record. With an 8-1 record in conference play this season, Houston is currently tied alongside the Cincinnati Bearcats for the lead in the American Conference. With that in mind, it’s clear that tonight’s matchup should be of utmost importance for Houston. Fortunately the Cougars are 6-4 in their last 10 against UCF and are undefeated in their last 3 versus the Knights. With that in mind, it’s looking like Houston shouldn’t have any problems picking apart the unranked UCF this evening. Does this mean that players learning how to bet on sports should back No. 12 Houston blindly this evening? Well tonight’s college basketball betting odds aren’t favoring Houston all that heavily, but bettors should be confident in backing the Cougars on the road.
Players to Watch: Corey Davis Jr. (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), Armoni Brooks (14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Galen Robinson Jr. (8.1 ppg, 5.3 apg, and 3.2 rpg).
The Knights enter this Thursday night match sporting a 16-4 record. And with a 6-2 record in conference play this season, UCF currently ranks 3rd overall in the American. All in all, UCF could certainly boos their standing in both the conference and national rankings with an upset win over Houston. The odds are certainly giving them a fighting chance this evening, but what do the numbers have to say about it? Surprisingly, they don’t paint UCF as an underdog. In fact, they give them a pretty good chance of sticking it to Houston. Right now the Cougars are scoring 75.5 per game but UCF isn’t too far behind that figure with their 73.6 average. Defensively the Cougars get a slight edge again as they’re only giving up 60.5 points while UCF is allotting 63.9. It should be mentioned that UCF’s 4 losses on the season have come against unranked competition, so they might have a hard time measuring up against the likes of Houston.
Players to Watch: BJ Taylor (16.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), Aubrey Dawkins (15.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Tacko Fall (9.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.5 apg).
Houston vs. UCF Basketball Betting Predictions
- The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
- Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
- Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Central Florida
- The TOTAL has gone OVER in 5 of Central Florida’s last 5 games when playing Houston
- Central Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
- Central Florida is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Houston vs. UCF Basketball Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Houston vs. UCF basketball matchup? All things considered, Houston is the only way to bet here. Take them straight up since the odds aren’t favoring them heavily. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 77-69 Houston.