Connecticut vs. Houston Pick
Will No. 25 Houston have any trouble at home when the Cougars take on Connecticut on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4PM ET?
823 Connecticut +14 vs. 824 Houston
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Houston is the clear favorite in this game, as the Cougars are getting odds of -14 points against the Huskies. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 142 points. Today’s game takes place from the Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas and will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
Houston has won its last two and seven of its last eight games. The Cougars are 23-6 overall, 14-3 in the AAC and 15-9-1 against the spread. Houston is averaging 77.9 points per game this season while allowing 65 per game on defense. Rob Gray is leading Houston with 17.7 points and 4.7 assists per game while Corey Davis Jr. adds 13.3 points per contest.
Connecticut is coming off a 72-66 win over Temple, but the Huskies are just 3-7 in their last 10 games. UConn is now 14-16 overall, 7-10 in the AAC and 9-18 against the spread. Connecticut is scoring just 67.9 points per game this season while allowing 72.6 per contest. Jalen Adams is averaging 18.4 points and 4.6 assists per game to lead the team while Christian Vital is adding 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Houston has three of its last four meetings with Connecticut, but the Huskies have covered in two straight encounters. These two haven’t met this year, though. I don’t love the spread for this game, but UConn is so awful at covering that I think the Cougars will cover. Connecticut is scoring just 65 per game on the road while allowing close to 80 points per game. The Huskies are 3-7 against the spread on the road while Houston is 8-1 ATS at home. I think the Cougars find a way to get it done, but it will come down to the wire. The public betting is behind Houston as well today.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: 824 HOUSTON -14