South Florida Bulls vs. Connecticut Huskies - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Connecticut Huskies (7-5) at South Florida Bulls (7-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida Bulls +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies will travel to the USF Sun Dome to take on the South Florida Bulls this Tuesday night.
The Connecticut Huskies improved to 7-5 (0-1 American) after defeating the Florida Gators 63-59 this past Saturday. The Huskies shot 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc and outscored the Gators by 10 points in the second half for the victory. Leading the way for Connecticut was Ryan Boatright who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Huskies are currently ranked 79th in the RPI Standings and have played the 30th ranked SOS. Leading Connecticut on the season has been Ryan Boatright (17.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Amida Brimah (11.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and Daniel Hamilton (10.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, the Huskies are averaging 67.6 ppg (ranked 181st) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 76th). Connecticut shoots 72.1% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 71st). Defensively, the Huskies are holding their opponents to 61.0 ppg (ranked 65th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 62nd). Connecticut averages 26.5 defensive rpg (ranked 54th) and 36.08 total rpg (ranked 124th).
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The South Florida Bulls snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 7-8 (1-1 American) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates 58-50 this past Saturday. South Florida shot 43.1% from the field and had 8 blocks in the victory. Leading the way from the Bulls was Ruben Guerrero who had 13 points and 7 rebounds. South Florida is ranked 196th in the RPI rankings and has played the 146th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Corey Allen Jr. (15.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Chris Perry (12.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg), and Nehemias Morillo (9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, South Florida is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 185th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 65th). The Bulls do most of their damage inside as they only average 3.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 339th) on 26.9% shooting (ranked 335th). Defensively, South Florida is allowing their opponents to score an average of 70.3 ppg (ranked 271st) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 164th). The Bulls are grabbing 25.0 defensive rpg (ranked 124th) and 36.0 total rpg (ranked 128th).
The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bulls are 8-23 ATS in their last 31 home games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
UConn had a nice come from behind victory against Florida this past weekend although they did struggle a bit on the offensive end in the victory. South Florida has played a lot better at home than they have away and as long as they contain Boatright, I think they can keep this one within the number. Personally, I’m going to stay away from this game but if I had to put something on this one, I would go with South Florida. Take the Bulls and the points!