Huskies vs. Cougars Prediction
The 11th-ranked Houston Cougars clinched the American Athletic Conference title last weekend and will now look to win the conference tournament as it plays in the quarterfinals today versus the UConn Huskies. Can Houston win its 30th game of the season this afternoon?
Friday, March 15, 2019
FedEx Forum at 12PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cougars are a 10-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 138.5 points. As of Friday morning, 72 percent of public bets are siding with Houston. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Huskies take down Bulls
UConn earned an 80-73 victory Thursday in the AAC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals. The Huskies (16-16) led 39-26 at halftime en route to the win. UConn shot 25-of-46 from the floor, 13-of-24 from 3-point point land plus 17-of-28 at the free throw line. Christian Vital paced the Huskies with 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 6-of-9 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He also notched five rebounds and three assists. Jalen Adams tallied 19 points, six boards and five assists. Tarin Smith added 14 points, four assists, two caroms and two steals.
Cougars beat Bearcats for AAC title
Houston defeated host Cincinnati 85-69 Sunday afternoon to clinch the outright AAC championship. The Cougars (29-2, 16-2) outscored the Bearcats 48-34 in the second half to pull away. Houston shot 30-of-65 from the floor, 12-of-23 from 3-point range plus 13-of-18 from the free throw line. Corey Davis Jr. paced the Cougars with 31 points on 10-of-22 shooting including 3-of-9 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also tallied six assists and two rebounds. Nate Hinton contributed 16 points and 11 boards off the bench. Armani Brooks registered 14 points, six caroms and two steals. Dejon Jarreau added 13 points, five rebounds, five dimes and two steals as a reserve.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Huskies are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. UConn is 8-20-1 ATS in its last 29 Friday games.
The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last seven neutral site games. Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last five Friday games.
The Cougars beat the Huskies by a count of 71-63 at UConn this season the only meeting between the two teams. Houston has had some time to rest up and prepare, while UConn will play for a second straight day and might get tired legs late. Even so, UConn has played pretty decent basketball lately and has the advantage of being adapted to the arena and the stage of the conference tournament. I'm going to bet on Adams and Vital to have big games again to keep this one within single digits.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: UCONN HUSKIES +10