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Connecticut vs. Cincinnati - 2/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati at Connecticut
Date & Time Sunday February 24, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
XL Center
Hartford, Connecticut
The Line
The Line: Connecticut +5.5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and UConn Huskies meet Sunday in college basketball action at the XL Center.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look for another win after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 73.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 61.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Jarron Cumberland is averaging 19 points and 3.6 assists while Keith Williams is averaging 11 points and 3.1 rebounds. Tre Scott is dishing 1.6 assists and Nysier Brooks is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last five road games.

The UConn Huskies need a win here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The UConn Huskies are averaging 76 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17 points and three assists while Christian Vital is averaging 14 points and six rebounds. Alterique Gilbert is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is dishing 2.3 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won four of their last five home games.

The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference, 21-45 ATS in their last 66 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Connecticut. The under is 5-0 in Huskies last 5 overall. The over is 9-4 in Bearcats last 13 overall.

The first meeting this season, Uconn forced overtime and only lost by two points despite being 11-point underdogs. The UConn Huskies may be riding a four-game losing streak, but they've been competitive for the most part, and they play their best ball by far at home where they're 11-4 ATS and are winning by an average of 14.9 points. The Cincinnati Bearcats come into this game shooting just 38.9 percent in their last five games, and they're winning on the road by an average of just 1.1 points despite their recent road success. Expect a defensive, tight game. The points should come in handy.

Pick:
Connecticut +5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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