Connecticut vs. West Virginia - 11/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) at Connecticut Huskies (3-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies and West Virginia Mountaineers play Sunday night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
The Connecticut Huskies remain unbeaten in their national championship defense. On the season, UConn is averaging 68.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting and is allowing 58 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright leads UConn with 21 points and 4.7 assists while Rodney Purvis is averaging 14 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Daniel Hamilton is scoring 12.7 points per game and Amida Brimah is producing 3.7 blocks. The UConn Huskies look a lot how they did last season, a team that relies on great defense, big shots and terrific free throw shooting, which they’re shooting 74.2 percent from the stripe. While the 36 rebounds per game is a number Kevin Ollie would like to see improve, UConn once again looks like a team that’s going to be tough to beat.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers also have yet to lose and could use a big win to put themselves on the map. West Virginia is averaging 77 points on 37.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 48 percent shooting. Devin Williams leads WVU with 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while Juwan Staten is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists. Jonathan Holton is the third West Virginia player averaging double-digit points and Jaysean Paige is shooting 38.5 percent from downtown. West Virginia could use a spark offensively, as it’s shooting less than 30 percent from deep and just 65.7 percent from the free throw line. However, the Mountaineers ability to rebound the ball with 44 boards per game will help WVU make some noise in the Big 12.
The Huskies are 36-16 ATS in their last 52 neutral site games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
West Virginia doesn't have enough scoring to hang with UConn. The Huskies are looking like a Top 10 team early on with the amount of offensive weapons they have and the elite defense they're playing. UConn rolls here.