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Houston Cougars face Central Florida Knights: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Houston CougarsCentral Florida Knights
16-14March 07, 2014, 07:00 | CFE Arena11-17

The Central Florida Knights hope to be lousy hosts on Friday as the Houston Cougars pay a visit to CFE Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Knights are 11-17 so far on the season, and 6-16 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 16-14 and 14-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Central Florida go 12-10 and the Cougars go 10-15 on the totals.

View Houston Cougars vs Central Florida Knights Odds and Stats.

The Knights were listed as 0-point at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Knights - Cougars odds would favor the Knights if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Central Florida is rated No. 256 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 273.

Houston was a 78-69 winner in its last match at home against South Florida. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Danuel House scored 17 points leading the Cougars to a 78-69 victory over South Florida at Hofheinz Pavilion on Tuesday.

Central Florida was an 86-78 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Temple. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. The Knights endured an 86-78 loss at the hands of the Owls on Tuesday, despite a 23-point effort from Calvin Newell at Liacouras Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 164 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.37 per game. That compares with Central Florida’s No. 32 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Central Florida is college basketball's No. 88-ranked team at 6.82 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 113 with 6.3 per game.

A few Cougars at Knights trends to consider:
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Central Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Central Florida is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
Central Florida is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Central Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home