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Houston Cougars vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/31/13

Connecticut Huskies (11-1) at Houston Cougars (8-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Houston Cougars and the UConn Huskies face off on Tuesday as the open their AAC college basketball schedules.

The Houston Cougars have won two of their last three games but they have had a tough go of it thus far this season. UH is 6-1 at home thus far this season but they have played the 333rd ranked schedule. TaShawn Thomas is averaging 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to lead the Cougars. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 9.6 points, Danrad Knowles is averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds, and Brandon Morris is averaging 5.3 points per game. Houston is averaging 73.1 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Houston has had some tough injuries to two of their best players Danuel House and L.J. Rose.

Houston Cougars vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/31/13

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The UConn Huskies are 11-1 this season and they are ranked 15th in the nation. Connecticut has played the 131st ranked schedule in the country and are unbeaten in five games away from home. Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies averaging 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.8 asssits per game. DeAndre Daniels is averaging 13.1 points, Ryan Boatright is averaging 12.1 points, and Niels Giffey is averaging 9.2 points. UConn is averaging 76.5 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64 points and their opponents are shooting 38.1 percent. UConn is looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament and make a statement once they get there.

Houston is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. Connecticut is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 0-5 against the spread following a win.

With House out I don’t see Houston having the firepower to keep this close even at home. 

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UConn Huskies -10

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