Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Huskies vs. Cougars CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(10-7) UConn Huskies vs. Houston Cougars (14-4)
Date: Thursday, January 23
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Fertitta Center, Houston, TX
CBB Moneyline Odds: TBA
CBB Betting Odds: Houston -9
CBB Betting Total: 131.5
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UConn has simply underperformed as of late. Winners of 1 of their last 5 and losing their last two in a row, they are having a hard time finding any consistency in January. Their last two games were lost by two possessions or less, so they have a tough time winning close games. They have, however, covered the spread in each of their last two games. Obviously, covering means nothing to a struggling team as they will look to get back into the win column against a impressive Houston team.
The Huskies are led by Christian Vital, who leads the team in points per game with 14.2, rebounds per game with 6.8, and steals per game with 2.4. The only other player that is averaging a double digit figure per game is Josh Carlton, who is averaging 10 points per game and shooting 50% from the field. Both Vital and Carlton will need to continue their production and possibly increase it if they want to win as a heavy underdog.
On the season, UConn is averaging 71.2 points per game and shooting 33% from beyond the arc. In their last five games, those numbers have decreased massively. They are averaging under 64 points per game and shooting just over 24% from three in said games. If they want to win here, they will need to return to their early season form. Losing here would extend their win streak to three and effectively end their season.
As they have been all season, Houston has been playing spicy basketball. Winners of 8 of their last 9, Houston has been playing sound basketball and have been consistent all season long. Their last loss was against 12-6 Tulsa where they only lost by 2 points but failed to cover the -6.5 spread. They have covered the spread in their last two games, though, and one of which was as an underdog against Wichita State. The Cougars will look to extend their win streak to three as they are making a push to be in contention come March.
Houston has four players who average double digit points per game. The leader is Quentin Grimes who scores 12.8 points per game and shoots 42.9% from the field. Nate Hinton is another essential part to this team, as he leads the team in rebounds per game with 9.7 and steals per game with 1.3. He also averages 11.6 points per game. They will need to continue their offensive efforts if Houston wants to hold onto this momentum.
CBB Betting Trends:
- UConn is 9-6-2 ATS this season
- Houston is 11-7 ATS this season
- O/U is 6-11 in UConn’s games this season
- O/U is 9-9 in Houston’s games this season
- UNDER is 11-2 in UConn’s last 13 games as an underdog
- UNDER is 9-3 in UConn’s last 12 overall
- Houston is 8-1 ATS in last 9 games overall
Free UConn Huskies vs. Houston Cougars NCAAB Prediction: Both teams have covered the spread in their last two games. One is due for a let down.
Whenever a team is due for a let down, stay away from the spread and look totals. This total is low for a high scoring team in Houston and is bias towards UConn’s recent letdowns. OVER is the play here.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: OVER 131.5
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