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Connecticut vs. East Carolina - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (7-7) at Connecticut Huskies (7-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm (XL Center)

The Line: Connecticut Huskies -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The East Carolina Pirates and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college basketball action at the XL Center.

The East Carolina Pirates could use a road win here to get a game above a .500 record. The East Carolina Pirates are averaging 65.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 15.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while Isaac Fleming is averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 assists. Kentrell Barkley is the third double-digit scorer and Shawn Williams is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates are shooting 26.1 percent from beyond the arc and 63.4 percent from the free throw line. The East Carolina Pirates are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The East Carolina Pirates have lost two of their last three road games.

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Connecticut vs. East Carolina - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UConn Huskies also need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The UConn Huskies are averaging 70.7 points on 40.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 19 points and 4.2 assists while Terry Larrier is averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Alterique Gilbert is dishing 2.8 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won six of their last seven home games.

The Pirates are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The East Carolina Pirates are one of the worst offensive teams in the country, but I'm not laying this type of chalk with UConn. The Huskies have played like garbage all season long and have struggled against much worse teams. UConn doesn't have the same talent as past teams and the pressure is building for the coaching staff. Not sure how anybody can watch these Huskies play and be confident laying this much chalk. Give me the points if forced to pick.

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