Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cougars vs Huskies CBB Odds
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23-1 (6-1 A) Houston Cougars vs. UConn Huskies 13-11 (12-2 H)
Date: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Houston -8
CBB Betting Total: 139.5
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The UConn Huskies have been up and down on both sides of the ball throughout the season.
They lost their third game in four outings in their last time out versus the Memphis Tigers thanks to the Huskies shoot poorly from the field while allowing 48% shooting for the Tigers in defeat.
The Houston Cougars continue to play on another level as they extended their winning streak to eight games after their last win over the Cincinnati Bearcats at home. The Cougars were able to find success versus the defensive-minded Bearcats as they shot 49% from the floor while getting 16 points each from Dejan Jarreau along with Corey Davis, Jr..
Aside from Davis, Jr., along with Jarreau, Galen Robinson Jr. also chipped in ten points in the Cougars win over Cincinnati. Davis Jr. (16 ppg) has increased his average in the past three games for the Cougars in averaging 21 points during this time.
Galen Robinson Jr (8 ppg) has also increased his offensive production as well in scoring in double-digits in the last two outings for Houston. Despite players stepping up, the Cougars are posting just 75 points per game on 44% shooting.
The defense for Houston has only allowed 64% shooting to opponents this season. In fact, they allowed the Bearcats just 33% shooting from the floor in their last outing.
Nonetheless, they will hit the road, where they have won four straight games, to face the UConn Huskies. The Huskies will indeed be short-handed, however, due to the absence of two key players.
Jalen Adams (17 ppg) is out with a knee inury until March for UConn. On the other hand, Alterique Gibson (14 ppg) is questionable with a shoulder injury, which will also affect a struggling offense for the Huskies.
Tyler Polly stepped up for UConn in their loss versus the Memphis Tigers in scoring 20 points along with grabbing six rebounds. However, moving forward, the Huskies will need more offense from Christian Vital (14 ppg, 6 rebs), who shoots 46% from the floor along with 42% from three-point range.
Fortunately for UConn, they have picked up wins in their last four games in Storrs, Connecticut, and will look to extend their winning play versus a red-hot Cougars team. However, Houston has played well away from home as well while losing only one conference game in their last ten conference matchups.
CBB Betting Trends:
- HOU is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games
- Under is 15-6 in HOU last 21 Thu. games
- HOU is 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall
- Under is 7-1 in UCONN last 8 home games.
Free Houston Cougars vs. UConn Huskies NCAAB Prediction:
UConn will most likely be shorthanded for yet another contest as they will need all the help they can muster versus a dangerous team in Houston on Thursday.
And while they will do their best to find some success offensively versus a solid defense for the Cougars, they will struggle throughout this contest.
On the other hand, the Huskies have taken a slide on defense lately as well. Look for Houston to take advantage of this while hitting critical buckets en route to picking up a 79-61 win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Houston Cougars ATS
Houston will certainly take control of this matchup early as the Huskies will have no ability to score with any type of consistency in this contest.
Of course, this will be due to Adams alongside Gilbert being out of the lineup due to injury; However, the Houston defense has been the tip of the spear of the success of the Cougars this season.
I expect them to perform well versus the struggling Huskies on Thursday night as well in getting their ninth straight victory.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Houston 79 – UConn 61
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