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Point spread favors Knights in battle with Pirates

East Carolina PiratesCentral Florida Knights
Feb 18, 7:00 PM | UCF Arena

East Carolina Pirates vs Central Florida Knights Odds

12-12TEAM RECORD18-7

The Central Florida Knights will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the East Carolina Pirates at UCF Arena on Saturday in NCAAB play.

The Knights sport records of 18-7 and 12-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Pirates have 12-12 and 7-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-11-1 for the Knights and 8-8 for the Pirates.

View East Carolina vs Central Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Knights installed as 9.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knights sit at No. 54 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at No. 76 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Pirates will win this game 72-71.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pirates rank No. 132 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.2 per game. That compares with Central Florida’s No. 43 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Central Florida is college basketball's No. 243-ranked team at 5.4 per game, while the Pirates rate No. 59 with 7.5 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, East Carolina owns the country's No. 150-rated mark, allowing 69.1 points per game on the highway. Central Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 191 in scoring at home.

East Carolina was a 78-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Marshall. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Pirates endured a 78-68 loss at the hands of the Thundering Herd on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Miguel Paul at Cam Henderson Center.

Central Florida lost its last outing, a 78-74 result against Southern Miss on February 11. They covered in that game as a 7-point underdog. The Knights got a 27-point effort from Isaiah Sykes, who added 10 rebounds, but Southern Miss still managed to defeat Central Florida 78-74 Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum.

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 8-2
After playing Marshall are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Rice are 3-7
After playing Southern Miss are 5-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Pirates at Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games on the road
East Carolina is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Central Florida
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games at home
Central Florida is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against East Carolina
Central Florida is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
Central Florida is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing East Carolina

Next up:
East Carolina at Memphis, Wednesday, February 22
Central Florida at Rice, Wednesday, February 22