South Florida vs. Connecticut - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Florida vs. Connecticut - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies (9-4) at South Florida Bulls (10-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm (Sun Dome)

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The UConn Huskies will travel to the Yuengling Center to take on the South Florida Bulls this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The UConn Huskies had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-4 on the season after being defeated by the Villanova Wildcats, 81-58, on December 22nd. UConn has no answers in the 2nd half for the Villanova offense and couldn’t fight back after a 19-0 Wildcats run gave Villanova a 54-36 lead with 10:39 left in regulation. UConn shot 40.7% from the field while allowing Villanova to shoot 57.4% from the field & 52.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Christian Vital who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, UConn is averaging 81.3 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UConn has been led by Jalen Adams (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Alterique Gilbert (12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Christian Vital (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg), and Tarin Smith (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg).

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Defensively, UConn is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The South Florida Bulls won their 6th straight game and improved to 10-2 on the season after defeating the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, 60-54, this past Saturday. South Florida allowed Fairleigh Dickinson to fight back from a 43-31 2nd half deficit to make it a game late, however the Bulls were able to secure the victory after holding the Knights scoreless for the final 1:25 of regulation. South Florida shot just 38.0% from the field, however, outrebounded Fairleigh Dickinson by a 47-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Alexis Yetna who had a double-double with 16 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

On the season, South Florida is averaging 74.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Florida has been led by David Collins (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.6 spg), LaQuincy Rideau (12.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.8 spg), Alexis Yetna (11.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Justin Brown (9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, South Florida is holding their opponents to average 64.3 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

UConn struggled offensively against Villanova, however, the Huskies have been solid on the offensive end this season as they come into this game ranked 53rd in scoring offense & 65th in FG%. South Florida hasn’t played the toughest of schedules so far this season, however, they did take Georgetown to OT earlier in the season and the Bulls have been solid on the defensive end as they currently rank 41st in scoring defense, 75th in defensive FG%, and 12th in rebound margin. South Florida is a much better team than what we saw last season, however, so is UConn, and as I think the UConn offense will be able to have some success against the South Florida defense, I’m taking UConn to cover this small road spread.

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Brett’s Pick UConn Huskies -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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