Tulane vs. Connecticut - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (8-11) at Connecticut Huskies (12-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (XL Center)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Tulane Green Wave will travel to the XL Center to take on the Connecticut Huskies this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Tulane Green Wave dropped to 8-11 (1-5 American) on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked SMU Mustangs, 60-45, this past Sunday. Tulane played well in the first half and only trailed by a 23-19 at the break but struggled offensively in the 2nd half in the loss. Tulane shot 29.2% from the field and just 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc. The Green Wave held the Mustangs to 40.4% shooting from the field and was outrebounded by SMU by a 37-32 margin. Leading the way for Tulane was Melvin Frazier who had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Green Wave have been led by Louis Dabney (12.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Malik Morgan (11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Dylan Osetkowski (10.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Tulane is averaging 65.9 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field and 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Green Wave average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.85. Defensively, Tulane is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 41.3% shooting. The Green Wave have a rebound margin of 4.0 and turnover margin of -1.3.
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The Connecticut Huskies improved to 12-5 (3-2 American) on the season after defeating the Houston Cougars, 69-57, this past Sunday. Connecticut used a big 2nd half in which they outscored the Cougars by a 41-22 margin to secure the comeback victory. Connecticut shot 46.3% from the field and 31.3% (5-16) from beyond the arc. The Huskies held the Cougars to 33.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Houston by a 41-33 margin. Leading the way for Connecticut was Sterling Gibbs who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Huskies has been led by Rodney Purvis (13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Sterling Gibbs (13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Daniel Hamilton (12.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.9 apg). Offensively, Connecticut is averaging 76.4 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Connecticut is holding their opponents to an average of 63.9 ppg on 37.8% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Green Wave are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a double-digit loss at home and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games. The Huskies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Tulane has struggled so far in conference play this season however, their defensive has been solid this season they rank in the top-100 in scoring defense, blocks per game, and rebound margin. Connecticut has been struggling to put consecutive wins together since conference play has begun and at times, has struggled offensively as in their two conference losses, they scored just 104 combined points. Tulane was able to keep their game against Connecticut earlier in the season within single digits and I think the Green Wave defensive will be able to do enough to keep this one within the number. Take Tulane and the points.