Connecticut vs. Columbia - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbia Lions (6-3) at Connecticut Huskies (4-4)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Gampel Pavilion)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Columbia Lions and Connecticut Huskies play Monday night at the Webster Bank Arena.
The Columbia Lions have split their last four games and would love to get a win here. On the season, Columbia is averaging 60.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 53.7 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Maodo Lo is averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while Kyle Castlin is averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Cory Osetkowski is grabbing 7.7 rebounds and Steve Frankoski is shooting 31.4 percent from the field. The Columbia Lions are a defensive minded team that’s allowed 64 or less points in eight of their last nine games while forcing 10 turnovers and holding teams to 24 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Columbia is shooting 66.7 percent from the free throw line and 32.6 percent from deep, as the Lions have just one double-digit scorer.
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The Connecticut Huskies have lost four of their last five games and need a win here to stop the bleeding. On the season, UConn is averaging 66.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 19.3 points and 3.9 assists while Amida Brimah is averaging 12 points and 4.4 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kentan Facey is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies are a defensive team that’s forcing 13 turnovers per game and holding teams to 33.3 percent shooting from downtown. Offensively, however, UConn is shooting 70.6 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from beyond the arc. UConn has scored 56 or less points in three of its last four games and has just players who have attempted a three-point shot.
The Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 38-15 ATS in their last 53 non-conference games. The Huskies are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
It's only a matter of time before UConn breaks out of its funk and starts winning in a big way. Against a Lions team that can't score, give me the Huskies to win by double digits.