Houston vs. UConn - 1/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Connecticut Huskies (11-5) at Houston Cougars (13-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston Cougars PK -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Cougars and the UConn Huskies face off on Sunday in AAC college basketball action.
The Houston Cougars are 13-3 this season and they are coming off of a loss at Cincinnati that ended a five game winning streak. Houston is averaging 80.1 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Rob Gray Jr. leads the Cougars averaging 17.7 points per game. Devonta Pollard is averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, Ronnie Johnson is averaging 11.7 points, and Damyean Dotson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Houston is 10-0 at home this season.
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The UConn Huskies are 11-5 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. Connecticut is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.1 percent. Rodney Purvis leads the Huskies averaging 14.5 points per game. Shonn Miller is averaging 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds, Sterling Gibbs is averaging 12.9 points, and Daniel Hamilton is averaging 12.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. UConn has been tough to figure out winning some tough games and losing some that seem to very winnable.
Houston is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 games. UConn is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, and 2-9-1 against the spread following a loss. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Houston is playing the better basketball and this line looks to be based on reputation alone so my play is on the Cougars.