East Carolina vs. Central Florida,
01/03/2017 19:15 EDT,
Score: 45 - 48
Total: -110/+122 Under
*3 Star College Hoops Total DOMINATION* The UCF Knights are playing some tremendous defense under new coach Johnny Dawkins this year. UCF ranks first in the nation in effective field goal percentage defense. Tacko Fall is 7'6 and he stands in the middle of the zone on defense, which obviously makes this a hard team to get to the hoop against. UCF is allowing opponents to shoot only 36.3% on two point field goals. That is easily best in the country.
East Carolina's offense hasn't been efficient at all this year. The Pirates are averaging only 0.944 points per possession on the year (1.02 last year). East Carolina scored only 35 points in a home loss to College of Charleston a couple weeks ago. They scored only 44 points in their last game against SMU. East Carolina should have a lot of trouble scoring here.
East Carolina's defense is 10th in effective field goal percentage defense, so they are very good as well.
Both of these teams rely on free throws a lot on offense, but these two teams rank in the top ten in the country in defending without fouling.
Both of these teams play slow and I expect a tempo of somewhere around 63 or 64 possessions.
Take the under.