Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Knights and Mountaineers. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPNU, and it’s hosted by the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. Get ready to place your bets! UCF is favored by -3 in this Big 12 conference contest against West Virginia. The game’s over/under currently sits at 143 points.

UCF KNIGHTS VS WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +3

This game will be played at WVU Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 20th.

WHY BET THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Mountaineers.
  • Not only will West Virginia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Do the Knights Stand a Chance in Morgantown?

UCF comes into this game as the favorite, as they have been in 13 of their 24 games this season. Their record as the favorite is 10-3, while they are 3-8 when they are the underdog.

For the season, the Knights are 13-11, including a 4-8 mark in Big 12 play. On the road, they have struggled, going just 2-6 with an average scoring margin of -8.4. They have also lost their last four road games.

As the favorite this season, UCF has gone 7-6 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Knights have an ATS mark of 5-5. On the road, UCF has an ATS record of 4-4 this year and their last 3 road ATS mark is 2-1.

So far this season, the over/under record in UCF games is 13-11, and the average scoring total in their games is 138.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 143 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (138.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 150 points.

In their recent matchup, the UCF offense ended with 74 points against Cincinnati. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 47.5% and made 4 threes. Offensively, the Knights hold a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, placing them 352nd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 332nd in terms of percentage and 236th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Knights’ defense is positioned 48th in the country, permitting 66.5 points per game. In their previous game vs. Cincinnati, the Bearcats finished with a field goal percentage of 47% and a total of 76 points vs. UCF.

Are West Virginia Ready for a Home Win?

West Virginia enters today’s game as a three-point underdog against UCF. So far this season, the Mountaineers have gone 3-14 as underdogs, and they have lost four straight games. In their last outing, they fell to Baylor by a score of 94-81.

At home this year, West Virginia has gone 8-10, and their average scoring margin is -2.3 points per game. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 4-6, and their record as the underdog this year is 3-14.

As the underdog, West Virginia has gone just 5-12 against the spread this season. Their overall ATS mark is 9-16. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mountaineers are just 3-7 vs. the spread. At home, West Virginia’s ATS record is 8-10 this year and they are 5-5 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread.

West Virginia’s over/under record this season is 13-12 and the average scoring total in their games is 143.3. Today’s over/under line of 143 is right in line with the average OU line in their games of 142. So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line of 143 and their last three games have averaged 157 points.

West Virginia finished with 81 points in their game against Baylor. This total surpasses their season-average of 68.4 points per game. The team’s scoring leader is Quinn Slazinski, who holds an average of 12.9 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Raequan Battle is averaging 16.2 points per game this season.

The Mountaineers’ defense is presently ranked 243rd nationally, allowing an average of 74.8 points per contest. The West Virginia defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 94 points and allowed Baylor to connect on 8 threes.