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Central Florida Knights vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Preview

Tulsa Golden HurricaneCentral Florida Knights
Feb 23, 4:00 PM | UCF Arena

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Central Florida Knights Odds

14-12TEAM RECORD17-9

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.

View Tulsa vs Central Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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

Next up:
Tulsa home to Tulane, Saturday, March 2
Central Florida home to Georgia Southwestern, Tuesday, February 26