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Connecticut vs. Tulsa - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (17-6) at Connecticut Huskies (13-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Connecticut Huskies meet Thursday at the XL Center.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have won seven of their last eight games and are chasing a AAC title. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 66.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting. James Woodard is averaging 14.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while Shaquille Harrison is averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 assists. Rashad Smith is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and D'Andre Wright is shooting 40 percent from the field. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have six players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 65.2 percent from the line and 31.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and have given up 64 or less points in 10 of its last 12 games.

Connecticut vs. Tulsa - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Connecticut Huskies look for a big win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, UConn is averaging 65.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while Amida Brimah is averaging 10 points and 4.9 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is the third double-digit scorer and Kentan Facey is grabbing six rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies have five players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UConn is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in four of its last six games.

The Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. 

Winning in UConn is one of the tougher things to do, and the Huskies know they must pretty much win out and win the AAC tournament if they hope to return to the Big Dance. I like the Huskies to bounce back and get a big win on their home court. 

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Connecticut Huskies -3.5

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