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Memphis vs. Connecticut - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (14-10) at Memphis Tigers (15-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Connecticut Huskies and Memphis Tigers meet Thursday night at the FedExForum.

The Connecticut Huskies need a big win despite winning five of their last eight games. On the season, UConn is averaging 65 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists while Daniel Hamilton is averaging 10.2 points and seven rebounds. Amida Brimah is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Rodney Purvis is shooting 42.4 percent from the field. The Connecticut Huskies have four players averaging at least 9.8 points, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep. Defensively, UConn is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last eight games.

Memphis vs. Connecticut - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Memphis Tigers are trying to stay afloat after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Memphis is averaging 67.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 61.3 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Trashon Burrell is averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while Shaq Goodwin is averaging 8.5 points and seven rebounds. Avery Woodson is shooting 40.6 percent from the field and Nick King is grabbing five rebounds. The Memphis Tigers have four players averaging at least 7.8 points, and they’re shooting 67.2 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four straight games.

The Huskies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. 

Memphis is a team that will continue to struggle to score without its best player on the court. Meanwhile, UConn needs a game like this to give them confidence heading into the AAC tournament. In a defensive game that should come down to the wire, I'll take the Huskies and the best overall player in Boatright in an outright victory. 

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