Cincinnati vs. Connecticut Pick
Will No. 18 Cincinnati be able to go on the road and pick up a win over Connecticut when the two meet up today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Cincinnati is favored on the road, as the Bearcats are getting odds of -5 points against Connecticut. The over/under total for the game is listed at 126.5 points. Cincinnati won the first meeting this season, 82-68 at home on Feb. 4. The Bearcats have won and covered the spread in three of their last four against Connecticut.
Cincy has won four of its last five games to move to 26-4 overall and 15-2 in the AAC. The Bearcats are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games and are 13-13-1 against the spread on the season. Cincy is averaging 74.9 points per game on offense while allowing just 60.6 on defense. When on the road, the offense drops in a big way to just 60.1 points per game, but the defense improves, allowing only 56.6 points per game. Kyle Washington is leading the team with 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Jacob Evans is adding 13.4 points and 4 boards per game.
Connecticut has lost three straight coming into today and now sits at 14-15 overall and 9-8 in the AAC. The Huskies are 10-15 against the spread on the season and just 3-7 ATS at home. UConn is averaging 66.4 points per game on offense while allowing 65.3 on defense. At home, the Huskies are giving up just 61.1 per contest. Jalen Adams is leading the team with 14.5 points and 6.4 assists per game while Rodney Purvis is adding 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.
Connecticut is dealing with a lot of injuries right now as both Adams and Purvis aren’t 100 percent but will play. The team could be without some other contributors though, as Christian Vital is questionable with a concussion. This game will be a defensive struggle, but the Bearcats have the better defense and a few more scoring options, especially with the injuries factoring in for UConn.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: CINCINNATI -5