UCF Knights vs. Missouri Tigers Free Prediction

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Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the UCF Knights (6-1) travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers (3-3). The game starts at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 2, 2018, and will air on ESPNU.

UCF Knights at Missouri Tigers ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Tigers lost a close one to the Temple Owls, 79-77, while the Knights were victorious over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 70-64.

UCF played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.511 (above their season average of 0.254) and a turnover percentage of 12.9 (better than their season average of 14.4). For those same stats, Alabama was 0.136 and 16.2, respectively. Missouri, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (14-20; 70.0 percent). Missouri received a boost from Jeremiah Tilmon, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, BJ Taylor played a pivotal role for UCF with 24 points.

The Tigers won the sole game between these two teams last season, 62-59. The Tigers’ turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Knights. Missouri had a rate of 13.3, while UCF posted a mark of 18.5.

Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Missouri ranks 323rd in possessions per game (66.6) and UCF is 344th (64.9) since last season.

UCF Knights at Missouri Tigers Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Missouri, ATS Winner – Missouri, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Missouri ranks 103rd in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while UCF ranks 313th (17.1).
  • The Tigers average 36.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 106th in the NCAA. The Knights rank 144th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5).
  • UCF ranks 246th in steals per game (5.3) while Missouri ranks 265th (5.1).
  • The Tigers rank 196th in assists per game (13.1) while the Knights rank 295th (11.3).
  • Missouri averages 3.8 blocks per game, which ranks 97th in the nation. UCF ranks 195th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).