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Thursday brings us a big American Athletic Conference battle with regular season title ramifications.
Let’s take a deep dive on UCF at Cincinnati.
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Betting Odds: UCF Knights at Cincinnati Bearcats
- Spread: Cincinnati -8
- Over/Under: 130
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN2
UCF (19-5) faces a critical battle at home against second-place Cincinnati. The Knights are one game behind Cincy and 2.5 behind first-place Houston. UCF is 13-2 overall at home and has covered the spread in three straight games.
Cincinnati (21-4) wants to keep pace with Houston and has won 14 consecutive home games. However, the Bearcats are only 11-13-1 ATS, including a pedestrian 7-7 ATS at home.
UCF has been playing it’s best basketball of the season. The Knights won at SMU and enjoyed big home wins over South Florida and Memphis.
They are also one of the few teams in the country that can match the Bearcats defensive tenacity, ranking 16th in the country in effective field goal percentage allowed and 2P% allowed. UCF is stout against the 3P, allowing opponents to only shoot 31.8%.
The Knights have also drastically improved their offense since conference play began.