Central Florida Knights vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Point Spread Pick
Point spread: Cincinnati -14.5
The Central Florida Knights will try and snap a three-game skid in conference play when they face the No. 15 Cincinnati Bearcats this Thursday night at Fifth Third Arena in an AAC clash. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Knights vs. Bearcats Game Overview
UCF is off to a shaky 1-4 straight-up start in the newly formed AAC including a 58-46 loss to SMU this past Saturday as a five-point home underdog. The Knights are 9-7 SU overall and, after failing to cover in their last five contests, they have fallen to a costly 2-8 against the spread. They are just 1-4 both SU and ATS on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in three of the five games.
Central Florida is averaging 75.4 points a game and shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. It has five different players scoring in double figures led by Isaiah Sykes' 15.4 points a game. Tristan Spurlock leads the team in rebounds with 6.5 while averaging 11.8 points and Kasey Wilson is Central Florida's best pure shooter; hitting 44.7 percent from the floor and 44.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Bearcats have established themselves as one of the front-runners to win the AAC regular season crown with a perfect 6-0 SU start in conference play that includes victories over SMU, No. 23 Memphis and Houston. They are 17-2 SU overall and currently riding a 10-game winning streak dating back to a 44-43 win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 17 as 6.5-point underdogs. Cincinnati is 8-5 ATS with a 6-1 mark ATS at home. The total has stayed UNDER in six of its seven home games.
Defense has been the name of the game for the Bearcats. They are holding teams to an average of 56.2 points a game while keeping their opponents from shooting better than 38.3 percent from the floor. They are pulling down 37.4 rebounds a game with 28.3 of them coming on the defensive end of the court. Cincinnati is averaging just 70.8 points a game, which is well down the list of Division I teams and it is hitting just 42.3 percent of its shots from the floor. Sean Kilpatrick has led the way with 18.6 points and 2.5 assists and Justin Jackson is averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds.
UCF vs. Cincinnati Betting Trends
The Knights are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a SU loss and 1-5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home. The total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 17 road games.
The Bearcats have covered in five of their last seven games against a team with a SU winning record but they are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last nine home games against a team with a SU losing record on the road.
This will be the first meeting between these two teams in recent memory.
Point Spread Pick
Central Florida has already proven it is not a great road team either SU or ATS and things will not get any easier this Thursday night in a very difficult place to steal a win. Not only will the Knights lose a fourth-straight contest in their new conference, they will fail to cover the 14.5-point spread against Cincinnati.