Colorado Buffaloes vs. Central Florida Knights, March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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COLORADO BUFFALOES CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
19-14 March 15, 7:00 PM | CFE Arena 21-11
Colorado at Central Florida, Las Vegas Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Where: CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Wednesday, March 15th – NIT TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
639 –Colorado Buffaloes +2½ -102 +133 Ov 140 -110
640 –Central Florida Knights -2½ -118 -153 Un 140 -110

The Colorado Buffaloes and the Central Florida Knights will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at CFE Arena.

ABOUT COLORADO (19-14): The Buffaloes finished the regular season on a roll, winning eight of their final 11 and then beat Washington State 73-63 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tourney before falling to second-seeded Arizona 92-78. Senior guard Derrick White, a Division II transfer, has been far and away Colorado’s best player all season, leading the team in scoring (17.7), assists (4.3) and steals (1.3) while earning All-Pac-12 first-team and all-defensive team honors. Senior forward Xavier Johnson (14.8) and junior guard George King (11.4) also are averaging double figures scoring while King (6.8 boards), senior forward Wesley Gordon (6.5) and Johnson (6.0) are the team’s leading rebounders.

ABOUT UCF (21-11): The Knights, who suit up only seven scholarship players, have gotten it done with defense as they own the nation’s best field-goal percentage against (36.2) and rank fourth nationally with 60.6 points surrendered per outing. Credit a good deal of that to Division I’s tallest player, 7-6 sophomore Tacko Fall, who is averaging 2.5 blocks and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 72.2 percent from the floor and averaging 11.1 points. Sophomore guard B.J. Taylor is averaging a team-most 17.2 points and 3.6 assists while senior guard Matt Williams is averaging 15.0 points and ranks sixth nationally with 3.44 made 3-pointers per game.

Oddsmakers currently have the Knights listed as 2.5-point favorites versus the Buffaloes, while the game’s total is sitting at 140.

Central Florida will make only its seventh Division I postseason appearance and first in five years Wednesday when it hosts Colorado in the opening round of the NIT. The goal now for the Knights is earning the program’s first major Division I postseason win with its 0-1 and 0-4 records in the NIT and NCAA Tournament, respectively, after a run to the CBI semifinals in 2011.

Under first-year coach Johnny Dawkins, UCF has made a nine-win improvement over last season and finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference with an 11-7 mark. The Knights cruised to an 84-54 AAC tournament quarterfinal win over Memphis before falling 70-59 to regular-season and eventual tourney-champion SMU in the semifinals and will now get to host their first NIT game as a fourth seed. Colorado, meanwhile, earned a fifth seed after finishing seventh in the Pac-12 and bowing out in the conference-tourney semifinals to eventual-champ Arizona. It’s unaccustomed territory for the Buffaloes, who have played in the NCAA Tournament in four of the previous five seasons under coach Tad Boyle, but now Colorado is back in the NIT for the first time since 2011 when it won three home games and advanced to the semifinals as No. 1 seed.

In their last action, Central Florida was a 70-59 loser on the road against Mustangs. They failed to cover the +8-point spread as underdogs.

In their last action, Colorado was a 92-78 loser on the road against Wildcats. They failed to cover the +8-point spread as underdogs.

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Colorado:
Team record: 19-14 SU,12-20 ATS
Colorado is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Colorado is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado’s last 6 games

Central Florida:
Team record: 21-11 SU,14-13 ATS
Central Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Central Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Central Florida is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Colorado at Central Florida Wednesday, March 15

MARCH MADNESS TIPS

1. White totaled 57 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his two Pac-12 Tournament games.

2. UCF ranks fourth nationally with 41.2 rebounds per game and is sixth with a plus-8.8 rebound margin.

3. The winner of this game will play the winner of the matchup between top-seeded Illinois State and eighth-seed UC Irvine in the second round.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Central Florida Knights will cover the spread at -2.5 and the game will stay under 140 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: UCF 66, Colorado 58 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
COLO TEAM UCF
75.6 PTS FOR 67.2
72.0 PTS AGNST 60.6
3.6 DIFF. 6.6
25.8 DEF REBOUNDS 30.2
11.8 OFF REBOUNDS 11.0
44.6 FG% 43.6
70.3 FT% 66.0
7.3 3 POINTERS 7.2
5.1 STEALS 3.9
BETTING TRENDS
COLORADO
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Colorado’s last 9 games on the road
Colorado is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Central Florida is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida’s last 6 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Colorado’s Overall Scoring vs Central Florida’s Overall Defense 75.6 119 60.6 5
Colorado’s Away Scoring vs Central Florida’s Home Defense 73.6 92 57.2 6
Colorado’s Road Rebounds vs Central Florida’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.6 122 31.8 66
Central Florida’s Overall Scoring vs Colorado’s Overall Defense 67.2 301 72.0 177
Central Florida’s Home Scoring vs Colorado’s Road Defense 70.4 285 76.6 213
Central Florida’s Home Rebounds vs Colorado’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.1 2 34.2 91
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
COLORADO
No trends to report
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is second best in the league in field goal percentage against allowing 36.2

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