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Texas vs. Connecticut - 12/29/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (8-3) at Texas Longhorns (8-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The UConn Huskies and Texas Longhorns square off Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.

The UConn Huskies look for their first road victory and fourth win overall. The UConn Huskies are averaging 79.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Rodney Purvis is averaging 15.2 points and 2.8 assists while Shonn Miller is averaging 13 points and 5.4 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is dishing 5.9 assists and Sterling Gibbs is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. UConn is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The UConn Huskies have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

Texas vs. Connecticut - 12/29/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Longhorns look to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Texas Longhorns are averaging 77.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 14.7 points and 5.1 assists while Cameron Ridley is averaging 12.7 points and 10 rebounds. Javan Felix is the third double-digit scorer and Kerwin Roach Jr. is dishing 1.5 assists. The Texas Longhorns are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent from the free throw line. Texas is allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Texas Longhorns have won eight straight home games.

The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win. The Longhorns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Huskies are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I think UConn is the better team and is more than capable of winning here. However, the loss of Amida Brimah is huge in this game, as Ridley could eat the Huskies in the paint. I have no choice but to take Texas due to the mismatch in the paint.

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Texas Longhorns -2

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