St. Joseph's vs. Connecticut Odds

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BUFFALO, NY (TheSpread) – One of the really intriguing matchups on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament comes in the East Region where No. 7 Connecticut faces No. 10 St. Joseph’s at 6:55PM ET.

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St. Joseph’s won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to get its bid as it is 24-9 on the season. Connecticut went 26-8 this season and got an at-large bid out of the AAC. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Connecticut is the slight favorite in this game, as the Huskies have odds of -4.5 points against St. Joe’s. The over/under total for the game has been set at 131.5 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.

Connecticut went 17-15 against the spread this season and hit the under in 21 of 31 lined games. Despite coming in 2-2 in its last four, Connecticut won nine of its final 12 games before the tournament. The Huskies come in with a strong defense that is holding opponents to only 63.1 points per game and 38.7 percent shooting. Offensively, Connecticut isn’t too bad either, scoring 71.9 points per game. Shabazz Napier leads Connecticut, as he averages 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

St. Joe’s was 17-11-1 against the spread this season and it hit the under in 16 of 29 lined games. The Hawks lost their final two games of the regular season before finding a way to win the A-10 Tournament. St. Joe’s comes in averaging 71.3 points per game while allowing 66.9 points per contest. The Hawks rank 45th in the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting 38 percent from beyond the arc. St. Joe’s is led by Langston Galloway, who is averaging 17.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point land.

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These two will face off in the second round of the East Region, today at 6:55PM ET on TBS. The game will be held from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

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