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Auburn vs. Connecticut - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (7-4) at Auburn Tigers (10-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Auburn Arena)

The Line: Auburn Tigers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The UConn Huskies and Auburn Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Auburn Arena.

The UConn Huskies need a bounce back win after splitting their last eight games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 70.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 19.2 points and 3.7 assists while Terry Larrier is averaging 15.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Antwoine Anderson is dishing 1.8 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have lost four of their last six road games.

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Auburn vs. Connecticut - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Auburn Tigers look for their 11th victory of the season while remaining unbeaten at home. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 85.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Bryce Brown is averaging 16.2 points and 2.5 assists while Mustapha Heron is averaging 15.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jared Harper is the third double-digit scorer and Desean Murray is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have won six straight home games.

The Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 17-6 in Tigers last 23 overall and the over is 7-2 in Huskies last 9 Saturday games.

The Auburn Tigers are a balanced team that seems to be quietly making some noise and could be a sneaky dark horse in the SEC this season. The UConn Huskies have the ability to always surprise you, but this simply isn't a good UConn team. The Huskies lack consistent offense, struggle against subpar teams and simply don't have the athletes that past UConn teams have had. In fact, that hot seat has to be getting hotter for coach Kevin Ollie. If the Auburn Tigers come out to play for 40 minutes, they'll have their chances to blow visiting UConn off the court. 

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