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Knights open as college hoops underdog vs Thundering Herd

Central Florida KnightsMarshall Thundering Herd
Jan 14, 7:00 PM | Cam Henderson Center

Central Florida Knights vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds


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 NCAAB action.

Supporters of the Knights have watched them go 13-3 and 6-5 ATS on the year, while the Thundering Herd are at 12-4 and 4-5-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Thundering Herd are 4-6, while the Knights have a 2-8-1 mark.

View Central Florida vs Marshall Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Marshall in this one will find them as 7.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thundering Herd sit at No. 23 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Knights sit at No. 72 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Thundering Herd will win this game 75-73.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knights rank No. 39 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.9 per game. That compares with Marshall’s No. 4 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Marshall is college basketball's No. 211-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Knights rate No. 273 with 5.1 per game.

Defensively, Central Florida features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.8 points per game. Marshall, meanwhile, comes in at No. 116 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Central Florida was a 74-63 winner at home against Houston. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Isaiah Sykes scored 21 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, leading Central Florida over Houston, 74-63, on Wednesday at UCF Arena.

Marshall was a 61-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UAB. They earned a push of the 2-point spread as favorites. DeAndre Kane scored 21 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Marshall on Wednesday, leading the Thundering Herd to a 61-59 victory over UAB at Bartow Arena.

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 5-2
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing West Virginia are 5-5
After playing UAB are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Knights at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Florida's last 6 games when playing on the road against Marshall
Central Florida is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Marshall
Central Florida is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Marshall is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Marshall is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Central Florida
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Central Florida
Marshall is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Central Florida home to Memphis, Wednesday, January 18
Marshall home to West Virginia, Wednesday, January 18