Houston Cougars vs. UCF Knights: 1/17/2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 17, 2021

A game after he scored 28 points in a 71-50 win over Tulane, Marcus Sasser leads the No. 11 Houston Cougars (10-1) at home against the UCF Knights (3-4) as 13.5-point favorites. The matchup, which airs at 2:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 17, 2021, airs on ESPNU. The matchup has an over/under set at 129 points.

Betting Information

Houston vs UCF Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Houston -13.5 -111 -110 129 -108 -113 -1430 750

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Houston vs UCF
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
UCF (+13.5) Over (129) UCF 68 Houston 63

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Total Facts

  • The Cougars and their opponents have put up at least 129 points — this matchup’s point total — in six of 11 outings (54.5%) this season.
  • UCF has played in four games this year (out of seven total matchups — 57.1% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score at least 129 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 8.7 more points per game (137.7) than this game’s over/under of 129 points.
  • Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 123.8 points per game, 5.2 fewer than the point total for this matchup.
  • The Cougars average point total in matchups this year is 129.5, 0.5 points higher than the over/under in this game.
  • The average point total for the Knights this year is three points higher than this game’s over/under.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Cougars average 5.7 more points per game (73.1) than the Knights give up (67.4).
  • Houston is 8-0 overall and 5-0 against the spread when scoring more than 67.4 points.
  • UCF is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall when allowing more than 73.1 points.
  • The Knights put up 8.2 more points per game (64.6) than the Cougars allow their opponents to score (56.4).
  • UCF has compiled a 3-2 overall record and a 3-0 ATS record in games it scores more than 56.4 points.
  • Houston has an ATS record of 1-1 and a 1-1 record overall when its opponents score more than 64.6 points.
  • The Cougars have put up a total of 184 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 16.7 per game), while the Knights have been out-scored by opponents on average this year (by 20 total points, -2.8 per game).

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Houston Betting Information

  • Against the spread, Houston has been strong this season, posting a 7-4 record.
  • The Cougars fare well when favored by at least 13.5 points, posting a 3-1 record against the spread.
  • Houston and its opponents have converted the over just 3 times in 11 (27.3%) games this season.

UCF Betting Information

  • UCF has a losing record against the spread, going 3-4 ATS (covering only 42.9% of the time).
  • The Knights and their opponents have hit the over in less than half of their matchups this year — 2 of 7 (28.6%).

Head to Head

Houston vs UCF (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/26/2020 Houston -7.5 136.5 -366 +286 Regular Season 63-54 UH
1/3/2020 Houston -9.5 134 -525 +384 Regular Season 78-63 UH
3/2/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 69-64 UCF
2/7/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 77-68 UH

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Houston Leaders

  • The Cougars scoring leader is Quentin Grimes, who averages 17.7 per contest to go with 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
  • Justin Gorham leads Houston in rebounding, averaging 9.1 per game, while DeJon Jarreau leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 3.5 in each contest.
  • Sasser’s 3.4 made threes per game lead the Cougars.
  • Jarreau and Brison Gresham lead the Cougars on the defensive end, with Jarreau leading the team in steals averaging 1.2 per game and Gresham in blocks averaging 1.4 per contest.

UCF Leaders

  • Dre Fuller Jr. paces the Knights in both rebounds and assists with 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
  • Brandon Mahan counts for 15.6 points per game, making him the top scorer on UCF’s team.
  • Darin Green Jr. leads the Knights in three-point shooting with an average of 2.4 made threes per game.
  • Isaiah Adams (2.0 steals per game) is the steal leader for UCF while C.J. Walker (1.7 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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