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Bulls open as college hoops underdog vs Knights

South Florida BullsCentral Florida Knights
Jan 2, 8:00 PM | UCF Arena

South Florida Bulls vs Central Florida Knights Odds

8-3TEAM RECORD9-3

The Central Florida Knights will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the South Florida Bulls at UCF Arena in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Bulls have watched them go 8-3 and 5-5 ATS on the year, while the Knights are at 9-3 and 4-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Knights are 0-2, while the Bulls have a 3-2 mark.

View South Florida vs Central Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Central Florida Knights as 3.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Knights, most recently No. 171 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bulls, who rate No. 84 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-71 victory for the Knights.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Florida has the nation's No. 138-rated offensive output, at 69.8 PPG. The visiting Bulls defense ranks No. 69 allowing on average 60.6 PPG. The Knights FG% has averaged 49.5% so far, more than the Bulls marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.

Defensively, South Florida features the nation's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.5 points per game. Central Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 234 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, South Florida was a 61-57 winner at home against George Mason. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Bulls got 16 points from Jawanza Poland as South Florida ran past George Mason 61-57 on Saturday at Sun Dome.

Central Florida won its last outing, a 66-63 result against Belmont on December 29. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Central Florida got 26 points and 10 rebounds from Keith Clanton en route to a 66-63 victory over Belmont on Saturday at UCF Arena.

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Syracuse are 3-6
After a win are 6-4

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Florida A&M are 1-1
After playing Belmont are 7-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Bulls at Knights trends to consider:
South Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
South Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
Central Florida is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Central Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Central Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against South Florida
Central Florida is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing South Florida

Next up:
South Florida home to Syracuse, Sunday, January 6
Central Florida home to Florida A&M, Saturday, January 5