7:00 p.m. ET – Tulane at Central Florida (-5.5) O/U: 130
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Tulane||+5½ (-110)||+190||O 130 (-110)|
|Central Florida||-5½ (-110)||-235||U 130 (-110)|
The 8-7 Green Wave head to Orlando Friday night to take on the 5-10 Knights. Tulane upset Tulsa 58-48 on Wednesday night to get above the .500 mark for the first time in three weeks. UCF lost another close one on Wednesday night to Wichita State, making it the seventh single-digit loss for the Knights in conference play.
The Green Wave are led by guard Jaylen Forbes who averages 15.3 points per game. Forbes had 20 of Tulane’s 58 points on Wednesday, putting the team on his back to help pull off the upset as the Green Wave entered as 7.5-point underdogs. The Knights are led by guard Darius Perry who averages 14.2 points per game. Perry missed three weeks in January due to COVID-19 protocol, but upon return he has caught fire, averaging 21 points in his last three games.
Tulane has been a covering machine this season as an underdog, boasting a 7-4 record against the spread in that role this season. The Green Wave also has covered four games in a row. But we deliver this news with a caution flag. With them coming off their biggest win of the season there is potential for a letdown.
While UCF is better than its 5-10 record indicates, laying 5.5 points against a Tulane team playing its best basketball of the season feels like too much. This game should come down to the final minutes, making 5.5 points plenty of cushion for a Tulane team that is plenty capable of winning this game outright even with a slow down out of the gate.
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