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Connecticut vs. Tulsa - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-10) at Connecticut Huskies (12-13)
Date & Time Thursday February 15, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -3 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-10) at Connecticut Huskies (12-13)
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and UConn Huskies meet Thursday in college basketball action at the XL Center.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 74 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Junior Etou is averaging 15.5 points and eight rebounds while Sterling Taplin is averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 assists. Corey Henderson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and DaQuan Jeffries is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have lost five of their last seven road games.

The UConn Huskies need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 67.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 17.9 points and 4.2 assists while Terry Larrier is averaging 14 points and 4.6 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Antwoine Anderson is dishing 1.8 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won five of their last eight home games.

The Golden Hurricane are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. American Athletic Conference, 21-7 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 overall and the over is 4-1 in Golden Hurricane last 5 Thursday games.

Each of the last three meetings between Tulsa and UConn have been decided by two points, with the last two games going into overtime. Connecticut Huskies are a flat out mess this season, as the offense can't score and it leaks into the defense, as guys get frustrated. There could easily be some coaching changes at the end of the year. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are finding ways to win recently, but they're shooting under 40 percent in their last five games and are shooting just 36.9 percent on the road this season. Two teams that can't score. Yuck. I'll take UConn and the small chalk, as the Huskies are still a tough out at home and need to find a way to win a winnable game before heads start rolling.

Pick:
Connecticut Huskies -3

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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