Grambling State Tigers at UCF Knights ATS Prediction


The Grambling State Tigers (4-4) will travel to CFE Federal Credit Union Arena to meet the UCF Knights (6-2). Action begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018, and can be seen on ESPN 3.

Grambling State Tigers at UCF Knights Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Knights defeated the Rider Broncs 84-70, while the Tigers won big over the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs 105-68.

Grambling State played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.618 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1. Jarvis Christian was 0.362 and 30.5, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, UCF dominated nearly every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.424 and a turnover percentage of 12.2. Rider was 0.130 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats. Collin Smith fueled UCF with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Grambling State was led by Dallas Polk-Hilliard, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Looking at effective field goal percentage, UCF should have a substantial edge. Since the 2017-18 season, the Knights defense ranks 22nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.453), while the Grambling State offense ranks 309th in effective field goal percentage (0.476). It will also be a battle of opposite paces as the up-tempo Tigers rank 34th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Knights rank 343rd.

Grambling State Tigers vs. UCF Knights ATS Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – UCF, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Grambling State ranks 46th in steals per game (7.4) while UCF ranks 220th (5.3).
  • Neither of these teams shoot many threes. The Knights are 296th in the nation with 17.1 three pointers per game while the Tigers are 312th with 14.9 threes per game.
  • Grambling State ranks 256th in assists per game (11.7) while UCF ranks 264th (11.2).
  • The Tigers rank 34th in rebounds per game (39.1) while the Knights rank 172nd (35.6).
  • UCF averages 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 84th in the nation. Grambling State ranks 220th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).