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Connecticut vs. Monmouth - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Monmouth Hawks (3-4) at Connecticut Huskies (5-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (XL Center)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, ESPN3

The Monmouth Hawks and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college basketball action at the XL Center.

The Monmouth Hawks look for a strong road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Monmouth Hawks are averaging 72.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Micah Seaborn is averaging 13.4 points and 1.8 assists while Deion Hammond is averaging 10.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Ray Salnave is grabbing 2.9 rebounds and Austin Tilghman is dishing 4.4 assists. The Monmouth Hawks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Monmouth Hawks are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The Monmouth Hawks have won seven of their last 10 road games.

Connecticut vs. Monmouth - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UConn Huskies look for another victory to improve to 6-2 on the season. The UConn Huskies are averaging 71.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17.5 points and 3.2 assists while Terry Larrier is averaging 16 points and 6.6 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Antwoine Anderson is dishing 2.1 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won 11 of their last 13 home games.

The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Huskies last 7 overall and the under is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 road games.

I said a few days ago you should be careful with UConn, as the offensive consistency just isn't there with this team. It's often Adams or bust, and it allows far lesser talented teams to hang around. There's also a lookahead factor here for the Huskies with a big meeting with Syracuse on deck. With all that said, Monmouth uusally struggles when it takes a step up in comp, and three of the Hawks four road games this season have resulted in double-digit losses. I'll take UConn here and the somewhat resonable number.

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