Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights 1-25-2025

Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights 1/25/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights 1/25/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The #3 Houston Cougars will go against the UCF Knights in NCAAB action in Addition Financial Arena, FL, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 7:00 PM ET.


Given that this is Houston’s second loss of the season, it finds itself in an unexpected situation going into this game. Before falling to then-No. 8 Alabama in a 71-65 decision, the Cougars won their first nine matches of the season.


However, they went on to win their following nine contests. When they fell to Temple on Sunday as 19.5-point favorites, they saw their nine-game winning streak end once more.


With 1:30 left, Houston went on a 7-0 run to tie the game, but Damian Dunn of Temple split a pair of free throw attempts to give the Owls the victory.


On Houston’s final two possessions of the game, Jamal Shead dropped a 3-pointer and a driving layup.


The Cougars depended on their defense in crucial situations this season, but their offense, which is ranked No. 14 in KenPom’s modified efficiency rankings, is also among the best in college basketball.


Their best offensive rebounding rate in the nation and low turnover rate were their strengths, not their hot shooting.


Even though their average height places them outside the top 225, they had all of that efficiency on the offensive glass. UCF is among the tallest teams in the nation and has a modified efficiency rating of 39. 


  • The Houston Cougars are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Houston’s previous 9 meetings. 
  • The Cougars are 9-1 SU in their last 10 matches.

For the first time this season, UCF is returning from back-to-back defeats after losing two road games at South Florida and Tulane.


The Knights had a 13-4 record in their first 17 matches this season, with their four defeats coming by six points or less to UNC Asheville, Miami, Missouri, and Houston.


After the Cougars’ defeat, they went on a three-game unbeaten run, defeating East Carolina, SMU, and Memphis.


They’ll play at home for the first time since beating the Tigers in double-overtime; they want to keep their conference record above.500.


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Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights Predictions 1/25/2023


The Knights rank No. 82 in adjusted offensive efficiency, indicating that they performed better defensively than offensively.


Their most significant problem was having a lot of turnovers, which are below the top 300 in that statistic. They were able to keep a lot of their offensive possessions thanks to their No. 12 offensive rebounding rate.


UCF also has a high percentage of free throws made (76.2) and 3-pointers made (35.9). Houston’s defense, which is No. 3 in 3-point percentage, No. 4 in 2-point percentage, and No. 17 in turnover rate, will be tested by the Knights.


  • The total went OVER in 5 of Central Florida’s last 6 matches. 
  • The Central Florida Knights are 13-5 SU in their last 18 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 9 of the Knights’ last 13 games with Houston.

#3 Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights. The NCAAB pick for this game is the UCF Knights. The Cougars must emotionally recuperate before playing a tough opponent on the road after their worst performance of the season.


As a heavy underdog at Houston earlier this season, UCF handily covered the spread because it matches up well against the Cougars.


The Knights are not afraid to engage in a defensive struggle and have the height to impede Houston’s success on the offensive glass.


The slow-moving nature of this game will provide some extra value to a spread this large. The UCF Knights will win to a predicted score of 69-60.


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Houston Cougars vs UCF Knights 1/25/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Addition Financial Arena, FL


Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023




NCAAB Odds: Houston Cougars -9.5


NCAAB Totals: 128


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