The UCF Knights (14-13, 5-10 AAC) will travel to Donald Reynolds Center to clash with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (19-9, 11-4 AAC) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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In the Knights’ last outing, they lost to the UConn Huskies, 81-65. With 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Collin Smith led UCF in scoring. UConn’s 34.4 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over UCF, who had a mark of 21.9. The Huskies’ mark was above their season average of 33.4, while the Knights’ was below their season average of 29.3.
The Golden Hurricane hope to keep it rolling after topping the Tulane Green Wave in their last matchup, 62-57. Tulsa was lifted by Martins Igbanu, who led the team in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The Golden Hurricane had a much better free throw rate (0.233 vs. 0.071) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.496).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Knights won 83-75. The Knights dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.467 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.689. The Golden Hurricane recorded marks of 0.241 and 0.526, respectively, for those same stats. Igbanu scored a game-high 30 points.
Tulsa should have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Golden Hurricane currently rank 57th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464), while UCF is 243rd in effective field goal percentage (0.486).
UCF at Tulsa Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Tulsa, ATS Winner – Tulsa, O/U – Over
The Golden Hurricane average 34.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 172nd in the NCAA. The Knights rank 205th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
Tulsa ranks 96th in assists allowed per game (11.9) while UCF ranks 233rd (14.4).
The Knights rank 147th in three pointers allowed per game (21.6) while the Golden Hurricane rank 281st (25.9).
Tulsa ranks 55th in steals per game (7.6) while UCF ranks 166th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
The Golden Hurricane’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.2, down from 4.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knights have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (5.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 78.6 points per game (10.0 above their season average).