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Connecticut vs. Memphis - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Tigers (17-12) at Connecticut Huskies (17-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Memphis Tigers and Connecticut Huskies meet Thursday at the Gampel Pavilion.

The Memphis Tigers need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Memphis is averaging 67.6 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Shaq Goodwin is averaging 9.1 points and seven rebounds while Avery Woodson is averaging 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Trashon Burrell is dishing two assists and Nick King is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Memphis Tigers have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 33.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last seven games.

Connecticut vs. Memphis - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Connecticut Huskies look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, UConn is averaging 65.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 17.7 points and 4.2 assists while Daniel Hamilton is averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. Rodney Purvis is dishing 1.2 assists and Amida Brimah is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 35.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UConn is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last eight games.

The Tigers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. American Athletic Conference. The Huskies are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

UConn is finally playing consistent basketball and seems to be on a mission to mak a strong push for an NCAA tournament spot. At home and with the Tigers banged up, I like the Huskies to win by double digits. 

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