Marshall Thundering Herd vs Central Florida Knights Preview

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Feb 2, 2:00 PM | Cam Henderson Center

Central Florida Knights vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds

15-5TEAM RECORD9-12

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Cam Henderson Center Saturday as host Marshall looks to handle the Central Florida Knights in NCAA hoops action.

Marshall battles the Knights, currently sitting with a 15-5 mark (8-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-7 for the Thundering Herd and 4-5 for the Knights.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 156-rated Thundering Herd and the No. 94-ranked Knights, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 76-66 result in favor of the Knights.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Marshall's No. 162-ranked scoring average of 68.1 PPG, against a Knights defense rated No. 125 and allowing 64.2 PPG. The Thundering Herd FG% has averaged 41.5% to date this season, less than the Knights shooters have managed so far (48.3% per game).

Defensively, Central Florida features the nation's No. 182-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.8 points per game. Marshall, meanwhile, comes in at No. 218 nationally in scoring at home.

Central Florida won its last outing, a 58-50 result against Tulane on January 30. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Central Florida earned a 58-50 victory over Tulane on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Isaiah Sykes at Fogelman Arena.

Last time out for Marshall, they were a 68-57 loser as they battled Southern Methodist at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. Marshall got 15 points from Elijah Pittman but lost anyway, 68-57, to Southern Methodist on Wednesday at Cam Henderson Center.

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Southern Miss are 6-4
After playing Tulane are 5-3
After a win are 7-3

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Tulane are 6-4
After playing Southern Methodist are 3-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Knights at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Central Florida's last 7 games when playing on the road against Marshall
Central Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Central Florida is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Central Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Marshall
Marshall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Central Florida
Marshall is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marshall's last 7 games
Marshall is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Central Florida

Next up:
Central Florida home to Southern Miss, Wednesday, February 6
Marshall at Tulane, Wednesday, February 6

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