Connecticut vs. SMU - 3/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (23-5) at Connecticut Huskies (16-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Gampel Pavilion)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and Connecticut Huskies meet Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.
The SMU Mustangs look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 38 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 assists while Yanick Moreira is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Markus Kennedy is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Ben Moore is dishing two assists. The SMU Mustangs have four players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, SMU is allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in four of its last five games.
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The Connecticut Huskies look for a win after splitting their last four games. On the season, UConn is averaging 65.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.4 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 17.5 points and 4.1 assists while Amida Brimah is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney Purvis is shooting 41.2 percent. The Connecticut Huskies have four players averaging at least 9.8 points, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Defensively, UConn is allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last seven games.
The Mustangs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
UConn needs this win if it has any chance of adding to its NCAA resume. With the home crowd and the despration, I like the home team here.