UConn vs. Tulane - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tulane Green Wave (12-18) at UConn Huskies (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Dickies Arena)
The Line: UConn Huskies -10 -- Over/Under: 140.5
The UConn Huskies and the Tulane Green Wave meet in an AAC conference tournament First Round matchup in college basketball action from the Dickies Arena on Thursday afternoon.
The Tulane Green Wave come into the conference tournament in last place as the #12 seed, finishing the year with a 4-14 conference record as part of their 12-18 overall mark this season. Teshaun Hightower leads Tulane in scoring with 15.9 PPG while Christion Thompson is 2nd in scoring with 14.1 PPG as well as team-highs of 6.3 RPG and 2.8 APG this season. K.J. Lawson also has 13.1 PPG for the Green Wave this season. As a team, Tulane is averaging 68.3 points on 41.1% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 71.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.9 points on 45.3% shooting from the field and 34% from 3-point range this season.
The UConn Huskies enter the tournament as the #5-seed, finishing the year with a 10-8 record in conference play as part of their 19-12 overall record this season, winning out over Memphis for the higher-seed. Christian Vital leads UConn in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG while James Bouknight is 2nd in scoring with 13 PPG and Alterique Gilbert has 3.8 APG this season. As a team, UConn is averaging 72.8 points on 42% shooting from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range and 74.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 33% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get UConn being favored in this one, as the Huskies are synonymous with success in March and the Huskies are one of the teams more familiar with the tests that the AAC tournament pose. However, Tulane stepped up their play down the stretch, winning a couple of games and their last 3 losses all came by 7 points or less to Tulsa, Memphis and a 4-point loss to UConn to finish the regular season. The Green Wave only lost by a combined 10 points in the two meetings, and I think we see an equally competitive game with so much hanging in the balance. I’ll take a shot with Tulane and the points in this one.