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Connecticut vs. Ohio State - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (4-4) at Connecticut Huskies (5-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Ohio State Buckeyes and UConn Huskies meet Saturday afternoon at the Gampel Pavilion.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a big road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 74.6 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Marc Loving is averaging 17.1 points and seven rebounds while Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 12.1 points and 1.4 assists. Jae'Sean Tate is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and JaQuan Lyle is dishing 5.5 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. Ohio State has four double-digit scorers but has missed 60 free throws in eight games. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost five of their last eight road games.

Connecticut vs. Ohio State - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UConn Huskies need a big victory after losing three of their last four games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 79.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Daniel Hamilton is averaging 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Rodney Purvis is averaging 13.8 points and 2.8 assists. Shonn Miller is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Sterling Gibbs is dishing 2.6 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. UConn has four double-digit scorers but continues to get off slow first half starts against quality teams. The UConn Huskies have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

The Buckeyes are 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Huskies are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. 

The Huskies continue to get off to poor first half starts but Ohio State has played like crap pretty much all season and has failed to cover on the road for quite some time. I'll take UConn by double digits even if I don't love this game. 

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UConn Huskies -8.5

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