UConn vs. Colorado - 3/17/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Connecticut Huskies (24-10) at Colorado Buffaloes (22-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +3 -- Over/Under: 134.5 See the Latest Odds
The UConn Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The UConn Huskies look for their fifth straight win after winning the AAC tournament. The UConn Huskies are averaging 73.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 63.1 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Shonn Miller is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while Rodney Purvis is averaging 12.5 points and 2.1 assists. Daniel Hamilton is dishing 4.8 assists and Sterling Gibbs is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies are 4-3 this season on neutral courts.
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The Colorado Buffaloes are in their fourth NCAA tournament in the last five years. The Colorado Buffaloes are averaging 75.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Josh Scott is averaging 16.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while George King is averaging 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Josh Fortune is the third double-digit scorer and Dominique Collier is dishing 2.7 assists. The Colorado Buffaloes are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Buffaloes are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Colorado Buffaloes are 2-3 on neutral courts this season.
The Huskies are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Buffaloes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
One thing you don't do in tournaments is pick against UConn, as this program just has March magic. The Huskies also have a lot more scoring options to put pressure on the Buffaloes, who are basically a one-man team in the paint. UConn should win and cover this small number.