UCF Knights at East Carolina Pirates – NCAAM March 4

9 p.m. ET – UCF (-3) at East Carolina O/U: 134.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Central Florida -3 (-110) -160 O 134½ (-110)
East Carolina +3 (-110) +135 U 134½ (-110)

The 9-11 Knights travel to Greenville, North Carolina to take on the 8-8 Pirates on Thursday night. Central Florida has won three games in a row, most recently defeating Tulsa on Tuesday night, 73-69. East Carolina has not played a game since Feb. 8 when they lost to SMU at home 71-56.

UCF Knights LogoThese two teams met earlier this season on January 27th, where the Knights picked up a 71-64 win in Orlando. Central Florida is led by guard Darrius Perry, who leads the team with 14.7 points per game. Perry had 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field in the previous matchup against the Pirates.

ECU Pirates LogoEast Carolina is led by forward Jayden Garden, who leads the American Athletic Conference with 18.1 points per game. Garden had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the first matchup against the Knights. Gardner has scored over 21 points in each of his past five games, averaging 10.2 rebounds in that stretch.

Please Note:
UCF has covered four straight games in a row against the spread, playing its best basketball of the season. Meanwhile, the Pirates have not played in over three weeks due to COVID-19 issues within the program. As is common with teams coming off long COVID-19 breaks, it is fair to assume the Pirates will come out of the gate slowly. The Knights jumped out to a 17-point lead by halftime in the previous matchup and another slow start for East Carolina could be an early nail in the Pirates’ coffin. Take Central Florida to cover the short spread on the road as East Carolina comes off the long layoff.
The Bets
UCF -3

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