It will be a battle between AAC opponents when the UCF Knights (13-10, 4-7 AAC) welcome the Wichita State Shockers (17-6, 5-5 AAC) to CFE Federal Credit Union Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Wichita State Shockers vs. UCF Knights ATS Prediction
In the Shockers’ last outing, they were blown out by the No. 25 Houston Cougars, 76-43. Houston’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Wichita State. The Cougars had a rate of 0.560 (above their season average of 0.489), while the Shockers posted a mark of 0.283 (below their season average of 0.470). Dexter Dennis was Wichita State’s leading scorer with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
The Knights beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in their last matchup, 83-75. The Knights had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.467 (above their season average of 0.205) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.689 (above their season average of 0.481). Darin Green Jr. led UCF in scoring with 26 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field.
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, the Knights lost 87-79. Ceasar DeJesus had 16 points. The Shockers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.5 vs. 7.7) and had a much better free throw rate (0.483 vs. 0.377).
UCF might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the nation’s best defenses. Wichita State currently ranks 21st in defensive efficiency while the Knights rank 235th in offensive efficiency. Additionally, the Shockers rank 53rd in offensive rebounding percentage (32.7 percent), while the Knights rank 273rd in defensive rebounding percentage (70.0 percent).
Wichita State Shockers at UCF Knights Betting Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – Wichita State, O/U – Under
Wichita State ranks 18th in assists allowed per game (10.0) while UCF ranks 214th (14.3).
The Shockers rank 42nd in rebounds per game (38.9) while the Knights rank 181st in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
UCF ranks 36th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Wichita State ranks 163rd (4.4).
The Shockers rank 48th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while the Knights rank 122nd (21.2).
Wichita State ranks 66th in steals per game (7.4) while UCF ranks 105th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
The Shockers have been outscored by an average of 3.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Wichita State has defeated opponents by an average of 7.8 points.
During their last five games, the Knights have scored an average of 67.0 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (3.1 above their season average).