The UConn Huskies and the Texas Longhorns meet in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
UConn Crushes Indiana
The UConn Huskies come into this one looking to build on their 77-57 win over Indiana last time out to remain unbeaten at 4-0 on the year. Going into Sunday’s game, Alex Karaban leads the Huskies in scoring with 17 PPG along with 6.3 RPG while Tristen Newton has 15.3 PPG with a team-high 7.3 RPG and 4.7 APG to lead the Huskies on the glass this season. Cam Spencer has 15 PPG with a team-high 5 APG to lead UConn in the assist department while Donovan Clingan has 15 PPG with 6.7 RPG. Stephon Castle has 14.5 PPG with 6.5 RPG and 3.5 APG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for UConn up to this point in the year. As a team, UConn is averaging 96.3 PPG on 54.7% shooting from the field, 33.3% from three and 70% from the foul line this season.
Texas Sneaks By Louisville
The Texas Longhorns come into this one looking to build on a narrow 81-80 win over Louisville last time out to also climb to 4-0 on the year. Going into Sunday’s game, Ithiel Horton and Max Abmas share the team lead in scoring with 14.7 PPG with Abmas logging 3.7 RPG and 4 APG. Tyrese Hunter has 14 PPG with a team-high 4.3 APG to lead the Longhorns in the assist department while Kadin Shedrick has 10 PPG with 4 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Texas up to this point in the year. Dillon Mitchell also has 9.3 PPG with a team-high 10 RPG to lead the Longhorns on the glass so far this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 84.7 PPG on 54.3% shooting from the field, 45.7% from three and 66.7% from the foul line this season.
I’m backing the Huskies here. Texas is a solid team, but they for all intents and purposes shouldn’t be in this game as Louisville had them dead to rights before Max Abmas bailed Texas out. UConn did this same thing last year, had a couple of cakewalks through the first few games of the year, then when it came time for their first tests on a neutral floor, they walloped Oregon and Alabama. This year, it’s Indiana and Texas. Give me UConn.