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Connecticut vs. Tulane - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulane at Connecticut
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, CT
The Line
UConn Huskies -16 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Tulane Green Wave and the UConn Huskies meet in AAC conference college basketball action from the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Tulane Green Wave will be looking to snap a 6-game losing streak following an 83-79 loss to Memphis in their last outing. Kevin Zhang led Tulane with 25 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes and a perfect 7 of 7 mark from the foul line while Blake Paul added 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a game-high 13 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double and Caleb Daniels chipped in 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Green Wave in the losing effort. Daniels leads the Green Wave in scoring with 15.5 points per game while Samir Sehic leads Tulane in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game and Jordan Cornish leads Tulane in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulane is averaging 67.4 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the 3-point line and 66.3% from the foul line this season.

The UConn Huskies need a win after losing back-to-back games and 5 of their last 6 games following an 89-83 loss to Tulsa last time out. Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 27 points on 11 of 18 shooting with 3 threes while Christian Vital added 15 points with 3 triples of his own along with a team-high 7 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert added 13 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for UConn in the loss while Tarin Smith matched his 4 points with a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat for the Huskies. Adams leads Connecticut in scoring with 17.4 points per game while Gilbert leads the Huskies in assists with 3.7 assists per game and Vital leads UConn in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game this season. As a team, UConn is averaging 78.3 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the 3-point line and 70.3% from the foul line this season.

Tulane is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games. UConn is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a loss. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Do I think UConn should be favored here? Yes. Do I think the Huskies should be favored by this many points? Not a chance. Look, Tulane has been brutal on the road and are being outscored by 23.7 points per game away from home this season, sure. However, UConn hasn’t been very good lately in their own right, and while the Huskies have won each of the last 6 meetings against Tulane, the fact is that only one has been decided by more than 10 points. The Huskies just don’t score enough to cover these kinds of huge numbers, even against teams like Tulane. I’d probably leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I’d take a look at Tulane and the points here.

Pick:
Tulane +16

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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