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UCF now has a healthy roster and they’ve been able to pick up right where they left off before B.J. Taylor was injured as the Knights now stand an impressive 14-4 overall and 5-1 in the AAC. UCF has quietly become a major threat in the American, capitalizing off of their manageable slate, leaning on their elite defense which ranks 3rd in the nation giving up 58.56 points per game on average. The Knights have 4 players averaging in double figures and Matt Williams has really been stepping up leading the way averaging 16.3 points per game. UCF had a successful home stand over the past week picking up back to back wins against Houston and USF.
The Memphis Tigers are another AAC squad that’s hoping to make a run at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and the Tigers currently stand 14-5 overall and 4-2 in conference. Memphis has actually been the fastest team in the American ranking 1st in the conference in scoring compared to 8th in total defense. Memphis picked up a nice win on the road against Houston getting past the Cougars by a final of 70-67. Memphis has been playing to the level of their competition as of late competing well against top squads, while also having a tough time separating from the lower tier opponents. Memphis is led by Dedric Lawson who’s been outstanding averaging 20.1 points per game.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Memphis is able to deal with the top defensive team in the AAC today and the Tigers will try and get some tempo going behind their home crowd. UCF has been playing some excellent ball as of late and B.J. Taylor has been an integral piece with his return meaning a lot for the Knights. We like UCF to make this one competitive in a lower scoring affair as they go on to cover the spread.
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