Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights 1/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights 1/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Tulane Green Wave (7-8) will take on the UCF Knights (11-5) in the AAC at Addition Financial Arena in Orlando on Saturday at 2:00 PM ET. Tulane comes into this AAC battle to improve their overall record to .500 and bounce back from their last nine-point loss to the SMU Mustangs.

 

The Green Wave won four of their last six contests versus Memphis, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Wichita State in that order. Tulane took 4th place at 4-2 in the AAC with a 7-8 overall standing and a 2-3 record on the road this season.

 

The Green Wave gained a five-point halftime lead over the Mustangs but their offense weakened and scored just 25 points but allowed 39 in the second half resulting in their 66-75 loss.

 

Guard Jalen Cook scored 23 points while Guard Devon Baker contributed 12 in the losing effort for Tulane. Forward Kevin Cross and Guard Jaylen Forbes grabbed 8 rebounds for the Green Wave.

 

Tulane converted 24 of 65 (36.9%) attempted shots from the floor, connected 7 of 19 (36.8%) shot attempts from the three-point range, and made 11 of 18 (61.1%) tries from the free-throw line.

 

The Green Wave pulled down 38 total rebounds with 12 coming from the offensive side of the court while distributing 10 assists in the contest. The defense for Tulane ended up stealing the leather 11 times but committed 9 turnovers and 19 personal fouls in the match.

 

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Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights Predictions 1/22/2022

 

The UCF Knights split their last six contests and improved their overall record to 11-5 this season. The Knights surrendered to SMU, Temple, and South Florida but shut down Michigan, Memphis, and just recently the East Carolina Pirates at 92-85 on January 18.

 

Central Florida is in 6th place at 3-3 in the American Athletic Conference with an overall standing at 11-5 and a home record at 7-2 on the season. The Knights trailed a 28-point halftime lead by the Pirates but UCF made a 44-point rally in the second half to tie the score and forced the game into overtime.

 

Central Florida nailed 20 points while their defense allowed 13 to East Carolina in the extended period to snatch a 92-85 overtime triumph on Tuesday. Guards Darius Perry and Brandon Mahan nailed 19 points each while Perry added 8 assists for the Knights.

 

Central Florida recorded 49.2% (31/63) shooting from the floor, 50.0% (15/30) from the rainbow territory, and 60.0% (15/25) from the charity stripe. The Knights pulled down 22 defensive boards and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds while dishing out a total of 23 assists in the match.

 

The UCF Knights’ defense spoiled 2 shooting attempts with 13 steals but lost the leather in 14 turnovers and committed 12 personal fouls in the game.        

 

Tulane Green Wave vs. UCF Knights. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is Central Florida -7.5. The Knights and the Green Wave have a balanced offensive strength at 72.3 to 72.5 PPG but the defense of UCF is tougher after allowing 66.8 PPG while Tulane gave up 72.1 PPG this season.

 

The Knights’ defense will control this game with home-court advantage on Saturday. The prediction: The  UCF Knights will win at 68-64.   

 

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Tulane Green Wave vs UCF Knights 1/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 2:00 PM ET

 

Location: Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, FL

 

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022

 

TV: ESPNU

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: UCF Knights -7.5   

 

NCAAB Totals: 140

 

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