TCU Horned Frogs vs. UCF Knights, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NIT Semifinals Odds, Picks and Prediction

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TCU HORNED FROGS CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
22-15 March 28, 9:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 24-11
Texas Christian vs Central Florida, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Tuesday, March 28th – NIT TOURNAMENT – SEMIFINALS – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
779 –TCU Horned Frogs -2½ -110 -145 Ov 132 -110
780 –UCF Knights +2½ -110 +125 Un 132 -110
 

The TCU Horned Frogs and the UCF Knights will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Madison Square Garden.

ABOUT TCU (22-15): Junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky scored 20 points versus Richmond after recording 19 in an overtime win at Iowa in the previous round. Sophomore guard Alex Robinson ranks second to Brodziansky in scoring with an 11.4 average and he is posting seven assists per game since the regular season came to a close. Guard Desmond Bane has consecutive 13-point games to help pick up the slack from when fellow freshman Jaylen Fisher was lost for the season to a wrist injury in the opening round against Fresno State.

ABOUT UCF (24-11): One-time Duke star and former Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins has led the Knights this far in his first season at the helm, one that began with few expectations for a program that was expected to be rebuilding. “Our belief has been in these players from Day 1,” Dawkins told the media. “I think, as we started to play and started to gain some momentum, I think they started realizing what we can accomplish, and they kept working.” Taylor leads the way with 17.6 points per game while senior guard Matt Williams (15.1) is a steady contributor and 7-6 sophomore Tacko Fall (11.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks) is a force in the paint, although he has scored in double figures just three times in the last 11 contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Horned Frogs listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Knights, while the game’s total is sitting at 132.

TCU coach Jamie Dixon has plenty of experience on the sidelines at Madison Square Garden, something he hopes can help his Horned Frogs when they take on Central Florida in the semifinals of the NIT on Tuesday in New York. “We’ve done this a lot, been to New York a bunch,” Dixon – who coached 41 games at the arena while at Pittsburgh – told reporters. “It’s a special place in March. There’s no other place I’d rather be.”

Dixon’s fourth-seeded crew earned the trip to its first ever NIT semifinal with an 86-68 win over Richmond last week and it has won five of six since ending the regular season with seven consecutive losses. Junior guard Kenrich Williams recorded the first triple-double in TCU history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the win over the Spiders, and he is averaging 14.2 points and 10.2 boards in six postseason games. The Knights, also seeded fourth, have survived three close affairs to reach the semis, including a 68-58 win at home over Illinois. Sophomore guard B.J. Taylor scored 17 points and one of the nation’s top defenses limited the Fighting Illini to 30.6 percent from the field.

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COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. UCF is fifth nationally in scoring defense (61.0).

2. This marks the first meeting between the programs, although Dixon coached Pittsburgh past UCF in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

3. The winner takes on either Georgia Tech or Cal State Bakersfield in the title game Thursday night.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: TCU Horned Frogs will cover the spread at -2.5 and the game will go over 132 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: TCU 69, UCF 65 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
TCU TEAM UCF
74.5 PTS FOR 67.5
70.5 PTS AGNST 61.0
4.0 DIFF. 6.5
24.2 DEF REBOUNDS 30.1
11.4 OFF REBOUNDS 10.8
46.5 FG% 43.8
68.6 FT% 66.1
7.2 3 POINTERS 7.3
6.5 STEALS 3.9
BETTING TRENDS
TCU
No trends to report
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
TCU’s Overall Scoring vs Central Florida’s Overall Defense 74.5 147 61.0 6
TCU’s Away Scoring vs Central Florida’s Home Defense 70.6 166 58.0 9
TCU’s Road Rebounds vs Central Florida’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.6 231 31.7 65
Central Florida’s Overall Scoring vs TCU’s Overall Defense 67.5 297 70.5 129
Central Florida’s Home Scoring vs TCU’s Road Defense 70.7 282 78.0 245
Central Florida’s Home Rebounds vs TCU’s Road Rebounds Allowed 43.5 3 34.4 96
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
TCU
No trends to report
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is second best in the league in field goal percentage against allowing 36.3.

 

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