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Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


The Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference will go against the UCF Knights of the American Athletic Conference in NCAAB action in Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 7:00 PM (EST).


The Michigan Wolverines are still 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, which is a respectable record; yet, they are not as dominating as they were in previous seasons — at least not at this stage. They are ranked 16th in the USA by KenPom, despite not being in the top 25, due to their extremely challenging non-conference schedule, which is considered the 26th most difficult in college basketball.


Arizona, Seton Hall, North Carolina, and Minnesota are the Wolverines’ four defeats. Most of the teams are good, but the 75-65 defeat to Minnesota at home was the most upsetting at 13.5 dogs.


Michigan bounced back from that defeat with a comfortable 87-50 victory over Southern Utah as 16-point favorites. They were supposed to play Purdue Fort Wayne on December 21, but the match was canceled.


Hunter Dickinson tops the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points and 9 rebounds per game. Caleb Houstan averages 10.1 ppg, while Eli Brooks averages 12.6 ppg. They score 73.5 ppg and allow 64.5 ppg. They have a good offensive and defensive balance, ranking 21st and 22nd in offensive and defensive efficiency, respectively. They are 7th in the country in terms of three-point defense.


  • The total went UNDER in 7 of Michigan’s last 10 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Michigan’s last 5 matches on the road.
  • The total went UNDER in 6 of Michigan’s last 7 matches in the American Athletic Conference.

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Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights Predictions 12/30/2021


The UCF Knights have an 8-2 record and are 1-0 in the American Conference. They suffered defeats against Oklahoma and Auburn. The Oklahoma match was a tight one at 65-62, while Auburn’s defeat was a rout at 85-68.


UCF failed to cover the spread in these matches after which, they won four straight games, including a 65-48 victory against Temple. They last won over North Alabama at 75-64. Despite hitting 3 for 21 from the three-point range, the Knights shot 50% in their victory over North Alabama.


The Knights aren’t fantastic from the three-point range, shooting 33.6 percent. They dominated on the boards and went to the free-throw line 19 times to North Alabama’s two.


Darius Perry led with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists followed by CJ Walker (13 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists). Cheikh Mbacke Diong had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Jamille Reynolds drove 12 points. Darin Green tops the Knights with 14.8 ppg, while Perry averages 11.7 points per game. The Knights score 73.6 ppg while surrendering 63.6. On offensive and defensive efficiency, UCF is rated 56th and 68th, respectively.


  • The University of Central Florida Knights is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 matches.
  • Central Florida is 8-1 SU in their last 9 matches at home.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Central Florida’s last 5 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Michigan Wolverines. Last year, the UCF Knights were blasted out by Michigan, but Michigan was better, UCF was worse. The difference narrowed this year as UCF progressed and Michigan got a little weaker. Both teams are playing in Orlando. Michigan will win and cover.


In the end, the Wolverines’ 7’1″ big man Hunter Dickinson had no one to stop him. The Knights are 237th in the country in rebounding and give up the 30th most rebounds. In addition, Michigan is ranked 7th in three-point defense The Michigan Wolverines will win and cover to a predicted score of 77-71.


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Michigan Wolverines vs UCF Knights 12/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Addition Financial Arena, Orlando


Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021




NCAAB Odds: Michigan Wolverines -4.5


NCAAB Totals: 137.5


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