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Connecticut vs. Arizona State - 3/18/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona State Sun Devils (17-15) at Connecticut Huskies (20-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Arizona State Sun Devils and Connecticut Huskies meet Wednesday in the NIT at the Gampel Pavilion.

The Arizona State Sun Devils could use a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, ASU is averaging 69.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 66.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Shaquielle McKissic is averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds while Savon Goodman is averaging 11 points and 7.1 rebounds. Gerry Blakes is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Jacobsen is shooting 62.1 percent. The Arizona State Sun Devils have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 66.8 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Defensively, ASU is allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or more points in seven of its last 10 games.

Connecticut vs. Arizona State - 3/18/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Connecticut Huskies just missed the NCAA Tournament by losing to SMU in the AAC Final. On the season, UConn is averaging 64.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 5.98 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 17.4 points and 3.8 assists while Rodney Purvis is averaging 11.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is the third double-digit scorer and Amida Brimah is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies have four players averaging at least 9.4 points, and they’re shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 35.5 percent from deep. Defensively, UConn is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four straight games. Kentan Facey is questionable with a concussion.

The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. 

UConn will treat this game as another senior day for Boatright after blowing it against an undermanned Memphis team. Look for the Huskies to come out fired up and get the W and the cover.

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Connecticut Huskies -4.5

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