UCF Knights at Memphis Tigers – NCAAM February 1

8:00 p.m. ET – UCF at Memphis (-9) O/U: 134

The 4-7 Knights travel to Memphis to take on the 9-6 Tigers on Monday night. Central Florida lost 93-88 at Wichita State in overtime on Saturday. Memphis lost at SMU last Thursday, 67-65. UCF sits at ninth place in in American Athletics Conference standings and with little prospects of postseason basketball, the Knights are looking to play spoiler against the third-place Tigers.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Central Florida +9 (+100) +345 O 134 (-115)
Memphis -9 (-120) -425 U 134 (-105)

UCF Knights LogoThe Knights are led by guard Brandon Mahan who leads Central Florida with 14.6 points per game. Mahan logged 40 minutes on Saturday and scored 17 points on an economical 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Memphis is led by guard Landers Nolley II who is averaging 13.2 points per game. The biggest mismatch in this game will be Memphis center Moussa Cisse who is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. Cisse has collected four double-doubles so far this season, and with no one on UCF who can hit the glass with him, there is no reason to think he will not collect his fifth of the season in this contest.

Memphis Tigers LogoThe value in this game is on the Over/Under total of 134. Memphis games have gone Under in 12 of its 15 games. Memphis has had the tendency to let bad teams hang around. Therefore it is not worth taking the Tigers to cover the large spread. The Knights just played an overtime game on Saturday with only eight players seeing the court. That is a recipe for dead legs and poor shooting. Memphis will be able to shut down the Knights’ offensive attack and likely keep them under 60 points Monday night. The Tigers have had their own issues with scoring this season anyway, so take the Under of 134.

My Pick
UNDER 134!
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