Free NCAA Basketball Picks for UCF vs. Connecticut

Steven Suarez

Saturday, January 11, 2014 6:52 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 6:52 PM UTC

The Huskies haven't been at their best recently, yet they're still double-digit favorites for tonight's home encounter with Central Florida. Where is the value for this evening's matchup?

Odds Overview

A total has yet to be released at the sportsbooks, but when it comes to the spread we see Connecticut favored by 11.5 points at most place.

This season the Huskies are at 12-3 SU, though they're only 5-8 against the spread. The Knights are 9-4 straight up and are at 2-5 ATS in the seven matchups that have had publicly available lines.

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UCF Knights

The Knights come in fresh off one of their best wins of the season. They toppled Temple 78-76 at home, falling just short of a cover as four-point chalk.

UCF survived an offensive onslaught from Will Cummings (31 points) to hold on for the win. Isaiah Sykes was instrumental throughout, racking up 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of play.

Sykes did get some help though. Eugene McCrory finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Kasey Wilson hit 8-of-10 shots for 18 points. As a team the Knights shot 49.2 percent from the field.

There's no doubt, however, that Sykes is the man to watch for Central Florida, who averages 15.0 PPG and 6.5 RPG, while Wilson, Calvin Newell and Tristan Spurlock are all averaging in double figures as well.

What we're getting at is this may not be such a walk in the park for the Huskies, despite the fact the college basketball odds are suggesting otherwise. UCF is a talented bunch.

Connecticut Huskies

The last couple of weeks have been somewhat of a struggle for the Huskies. They did hold on for a win over Harvard (61-56) a few days ago, but before that they had dropped consecutive games on the road to Houston (71-75) and SMU (65-74).

A win over the talented Crimson should do well for confidence, especially since Connecticut did great work defensively. They held Harvard to 35.7 percent shooting overall.

Offensively, the Huskies got 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals out of Shabazz Napier. Ryan Boatright shipped in 14 points and DeAndre Daniels (11 points, eight rebounds, four blocks) had a productive game too.

Napier and Boatright make up a talented guard duo that's combined to average 29.0 points per game so far this season. Napier leads the way with 16.1 PPG and also is tops on the team in terms of rebounding and assists.

Those two will have to be at their best this evening if the Huskies want to keep up their momentum and avoid a third defeat in four games.

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College Basketball Pick

The Huskies are the more high-profile team and have an excellent backcourt, but we're not sold on them as such sizable favorites over the pesky Knights.

Sykes is going to be hard for Connecticut to contain. A 6'6”, 220-pound talent, few players in the country are as versatile. The senior's going to be full of confidence after his best game of the season against Temple and will be eager to make an impression here on the road.

UCF has a lot of experience in the starting lineup, as they have three seniors and a junior in the first unit. We expect the Knights to show little fear and give the inconsistent Huskies a run for their money, making the road team (and the points) our favorite play for our college basketball picks.

College Basketball Pick: UCF Knights +11.5

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