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UAB Blazers face Central Florida Knights: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

UAB BlazersCentral Florida Knights
Jan 9, 7:00 PM | UCF Arena

UAB Blazers vs Central Florida Knights Odds

8-7TEAM RECORD10-4

The Central Florida Knights will try to cover the spread at UCF Arena on Wednesday when they get a visit from the UAB Blazers in NCAA basketball action.

The Blazers will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 4-8 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Knights are 4-4 ATS. UAB is 6-4 against the total, while Central Florida is 0-3 versus the number.

View UAB vs Central Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blazers were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Knights at No. 161 and the Blazers at No. 106 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 78-74 result in favor of the Knights.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Central Florida's No. 111 nationally ranked offense (70.9 points per game) against a Blazers defense that sits as the No. 304 at 73.3 PPG. The Knights have been averaging 49.7% from the field, more than the Blazers have managed so far this season (44.3% on average).

Defensively, UAB features the nation's No. 323-rated defense on the road, allowing 79.6 points per game. Central Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 203 nationally in scoring at home.

UAB lost its last outing, a 78-71 result against Dayton on January 5. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. The Blazers got a 20-point effort from Rod Rucker, who added 15 rebounds, but Dayton still managed to defeat UAB 78-71 Saturday at Dayton Arena.

Central Florida won its last outing, a 99-69 result against Florida A&M on January 5. The battle between the Knights and Rattlers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Florida A&M was handed a 99-69 defeat on Saturday at UCF Arena.

UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing East Carolina are 2-8
After playing Florida A&M are 2-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Blazers at Knights trends to consider:
UAB is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
UAB is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
UAB is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Central Florida is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Central Florida's last 7 games when playing UAB
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Florida's last 6 games when playing at home against UAB

Next up:
UAB home to Memphis, Saturday, January 12
Central Florida at East Carolina, Saturday, January 12