Connecticut vs. Texas - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (5-0) at Connecticut Huskies (3-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and Connecticut Huskies play Sunday afternoon at the Gampel Pavilion.
The Texas Longhorns remain undefeated and could use a marquee win on their resume. On the season, Texas is averaging 78 points on 49.6 percent shooting and is allowing 52.2 points on 29.8 percent shooting. With Isaiah Taylor out, Jonathan Holmes leads Texas with 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds while Myles Turner is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds. Connor Lammert is averaging 2.4 assists and Javan Felix is shooting 38.7 percent from the field. The Texas Longhorns are playing elite level defense and are sixth in the country with 45.4 rebounds per game. Texas is averaging 7.4 blocks per game and holding teams to just 27.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Right now, the Texas Longhorns look like a team that could win the Big 12.
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The Connecticut Huskies have had a week to put the West Virginia loss behind them. On the season, UConn is averaging 68.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 41 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright leads the Huskies with 20 points and 4.5 assists while Daniel Hamilton is averaging 13.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Amida Brimah is producing 3.3 blocks per game and Rodney Purvis is shooting 37 percent from the field. The Connecticut Huskies are an explosive team that relies heavily on speedy guard play and creating turnovers on defense. And while not the biggest team in the country, UConn is still averaging 37 rebounds per game and producing five blocks. This game will tell us a lot about the defending champs. Omar Calhoun remains questionable with a knee injury.
The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Longhorns are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
It's tough to beat UConn at UConn and the Huskies will be ready after having a week to prepare. Take UConn and the small chalk.