Betting on today’s Mountaineers and Knights game? Catch the action at Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL, as the Knights hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Big 12 conference game currently have the Knights as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139.5 points.
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS VS UCF KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UCF Knights -8
This game will be played at Addition Financial Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 23rd.
WHY BET THE UCF KNIGHTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-66 in favor of the Knights.
- Not only will UCF pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Can the Mountaineers Pull Off a Win at Orlando?
West Virginia is coming off a 91-85 win over Kansas, and they are 7-11 overall this season. They are 2-3 in Big 12 play compared to 5-8 in non-conference games.
On the road, the Mountaineers have gone 0-3 this year, and their average scoring margin is -16.7 points per game. They have lost three straight games on the road.
West Virginia’s ATS record this season is 8-10, and they have gone 1-2 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mountaineers are 4-6 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for West Virginia games is 10-8. Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (140.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 154 points.
In their recent matchup, the West Virginia offense ended with 91 points against Kansas. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 51.8% and made 12 threes. The team’s top scorer is Quinn Slazinski, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 13.8, while Raequan Battle also carries a PPG average of 19.5 into the game.
On defense, West Virginia is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 72.7 points per game. West Virginia’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Kansas offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 85 points.
Will the Knights Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
UCF enters this game with an overall record of 11-6 and a Big 12 record of 2-3. At home, the Knights are 9-3, and they are 9-2 when favored. Their average scoring margin at home is +15.5.
In their last game, UCF lost to Houston by a score of 57-42. Over their last 10 home games, the Knights are 7-3, and they are 4-1 in their last five.
When looking at UCF’s ATS record this season, they are currently 9-7-1. At home, their ATS mark sits at 7-4-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Knights have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for UCF games is 9-8. The average scoring total in their games this year is 137.4, which is slightly lower than the average over/under line of 139.2. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 122 points.
In their latest game, UCF offense put up 42 points against Houston. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 15.9% and made 4 threes. Jaylin Sellers is leading the team in scoring at 17.1 points per contest. Darius Johnson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.5 going into the game.
In the current season, the UCF defense has excelled, sitting 33rd in the nation by allowing 64.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UCF’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.4% this season.