Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#797 Miami - FL -3 vs.
#798 UCF 138.5
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel



#797 University of Miami
#798 University of Central Florida


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This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Miami Hurricanes on the road and the UCF Knights at home. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Addition Financial Arena.

Hurricanes Looks For First Road Win

The Miami Hurricanes have been okay up to this point in the season. Specifically, the Hurricanes have only won one of their first two games. However, the one loss did come against Louisville who is ranked in the AP Top Five so it is justified. Miami did manage to bounce back against Florida Atlantic as it won by 14 points at home. In that game, Miami did a great job with ball security as it only had six turnovers in 40 minutes. If Miami plans on winning its first road game of the season, it will need to continue taking care of the ball against an underrated UCF defense.

Leading the Hurricanes offensively is junior guard Chris Lykes who has been great this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game along with 3.5 assists. Despite being just one of the smallest players in division one, Lykes has elite level quickness which makes him a pest to guard. Lykes is also a great free throw shooter so he can close out games whenever he is needed.

Miami's most underrated player is junior center Rodney Miller Jr. who has been pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 9.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. As the starting center, Miller Jr. is responsible for cleaning up the glass and protecting the paint which he has done pretty well up to this point. However, he has yet to record a block so he will look for his first of the season on Tuesday.

UCF Looks To Stay Undefeated

The UCF Knights have been pretty good up to this point in the season as they are still undefeated through one game. Unfortunately, UCF did not look great in the process as it only beat Prairie View A&M at home by four points. The main reason for the close margin of victory was UCF's inability to shoot free throws. Specifically, the Knights had 28 attempts and only made 60.7% of them so they left a lot of free points off the board. With a much tougher opponent up next, UCF will need to capitalize from the foul line more if it plans on remaining undefeated.

Leading the Knights offensively is senior guard Dazon Ingram who has been decent this season. Specifically, he is averaging a team-high 16.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. However, he only shot 44.4% from the floor along with 63.6% from the foul line so he definitely has room for improvement. As one of the veteran leaders of this squad, Ingram will look to carry the load offensively on Tuesday.

UCF's most underrated player is junior guard Ceasar DeJesus who has been pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 11.0 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds. In addition, DeJesus has also been extremely efficient from the floor as he is shooting 75.0% from the floor and 66.7% from the three-point line. DeJesus took a backseat in last season's rotation but he looks poised for a much bigger role this season.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The line movement in this game tells me the whole story and I have to go with the road team. Miami opened up as a one-point underdog on the road and is now the favorite so I think that Miami is the right side in this game. Plus, Miami has had the much tougher schedule up to this point so I think that it will be ready to play in this hostile environment on Tuesday. UCF also struggles a lot at the foul line so I can see the Knights struggling to take advantage of free points at the charity stripe in this game. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Miami Hurricanes -1.5

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Despite giving up 87 points in the season opener, Miami has a solid defense that looked much more comfortable in its second game of the season so I think that this unit is underrated. At the same time, UCF's defense looked good against Prairie View A&M in its opener so I think its defense is also solid overall. This game should be finish somewhere in the mid-130s so I think that this total is a bit too high. Give me the under as a result.

Prediction: Under 138

Half-Time Side Pick

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Miami has looked like the much better team up to this point so I think the Hurricanes will be able get an early lead to enter the break. Despite winning its only game, UCF did not look great against a much worse opponent so I think that it will struggle early on adjusting to improved competition. Plus, Miami has more weapons offensively so I think that it should be able to experience some success in the first half before UCF adjusts. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Miami Hurricanes 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.