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Cincinnati vs. Connecticut - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (11-7) at Cincinnati Bearcats (14-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati -5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Connecticut Huskies and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Thursday at the Fifth Third Arena.

The Connecticut Huskies have split their last four games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, UConn is averaging 65.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 60.2 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 16.5 points and 4.6 assists while Amida Brimah is averaging 10.4 points and five rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Rodney Purvis is shooting 43.9 percent from the field. The Connecticut Huskies are a defensive team that’s allowing 6.4 threes per game and has given up 66 or less points in 10 of their last 11 games. Offensively, Connecticut is shooting 68.1 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. The UConn Huskies are 2-2 SU on the road.

Cincinnati vs. Connecticut -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats look to keep things going with wins in seven of their last nine games. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 62.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 57.6 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.9 points and 3.7 assists while Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds. Gary Clark is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Farad Cobb is shooting 34.4 percent from the field. The Cincinnati Bearcats are a defensive team that’s allowing 5.8 threes per game and has given up 63 or less points in nine straight games. Offensively, Cincinnati is shooting 70 percent from the line and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Connecticut is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road. Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut and 7-2 SU in its last 9 games. 

The Bearcats aren't exactly the same team without their head coach on the sideline. UConn already beat the Bearcats once this season and has the speedy offense that can give them trouble again. Based on the value, I like the Huskies in an outright victory. 

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