Central Florida Knights vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Preview
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Central Florida Knights Odds
The Central Florida Knights will try to cover the spread at UCF Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in NCAA basketball action.
Supporters of the Golden Hurricane have watched them go 14-12 and 13-9 ATS on the year, while the Knights are at 17-9 and 10-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Knights are 9-6, while the Golden Hurricane have a 9-10 mark.
The Golden Hurricane were listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 97-rated Tulsa taking on the No. 83-rated Knights in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 72-68 win for the Knights on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Florida has the nation's No. 89-rated offensive output, at 70.9 PPG. The visiting Golden Hurricane defense ranks No. 178 allowing on average 66.5 PPG. The Knights FG% has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Golden Hurricane marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.
Defensively, Tulsa features the nation's No. 209-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Central Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 163 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Tulsa, they were a 72-63 loser as they battled East Carolina at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Scottie Haralson scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Hurricane to a win (they lost 72-63 to East Carolina at Reynolds Center on Wednesday).
Central Florida was an 82-70 loser in its last match at home against Marshall. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. The Knights got a 23-point effort from Isaiah Sykes, who added 11 rebounds, but Marshall still managed to defeat Central Floridan 82-70 Wednesday at UCF Arena.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tulane are 7-3
After playing East Carolina are 7-2
After a loss are 6-4
Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Marshall are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Golden Hurricane at Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tulsa's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulsa's last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
Tulsa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
Tulsa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
Central Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Central Florida is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tulsa
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Central Florida's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games at home
Tulsa home to Tulane, Saturday, March 2
Central Florida home to Georgia Southwestern, Tuesday, February 26