AAC foes will collide when the UConn Huskies (15-12, 6-8 AAC) meet the UCF Knights (14-12, 5-9 AAC) at the XL Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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The Knights lost a close one to the Tulane Green Wave in their last contest, 75-74. With 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Collin Smith led UCF in scoring. Tulane did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (16-19; 84.2 percent). UCF, on the other hand, held the Green Wave to an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.2 (below the 30.9 mark opponents have averaged against UCF this season).
In the Huskies’ last outing, they topped the South Florida Bulls, 78-71. With 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Christian Vital was the top scorer from either team. UConn played a nearly perfect contest. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.383 (above their season average of 0.236) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.638 (above their season average of 0.468). For those same stats, South Florida was 0.226 and 0.557, respectively.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Knights won both meetings played against each other last season. In the last matchup, UCF won 73-67. The Knights played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.556 and a turnover percentage of 16.5. The Huskies put up marks of 0.185 and 19.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Knights, it’s been Darin Green Jr., who has averaged 14 points, while the Huskies have gotten solid contributions from James Bouknight (20 points,5.2 rebounds,1.2 steals).
UConn could own the offensive glass in this meeting. The Huskies rank 34th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.4 percent), while UCF ranks 297th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.4 percent).
UCF at UConn ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UConn, ATS Winner – UConn, O/U – Over
The Huskies rank 156th in assists per game (12.8) while the Knights rank 217th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
UCF averages 6.5 steals per game, which ranks 127th in the NCAA. UConn ranks 186th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
UConn averages 38.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 59th in the NCAA. UCF ranks 201st in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
The Huskies rank 16th in three pointers allowed per game (17.0) while the Knights rank 146th (21.7).
UConn ranks third in blocks per game (6.3) while UCF ranks 131st (3.1).
The Huskies’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.6, down from 4.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knights have scored an average of 74.4 points per game (5.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.2 points per game (7.1 above their season average).