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Connecticut vs. Wichita State - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wichita State at Connecticut
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, Connecticut,
The Line
The Line: Connecticut -6 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Wichita State Shockers and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Gampel Pavilion.

The Wichita State Shockers could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Wichita State Shockers are averaging 68.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Markis McDuffie is averaging 19.2 points and five rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 12.7 points and 2.9 assists. Dexter Dennis is dishing 1.1 assists and Jaime Echenique is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Wichita State Shockers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Wichita State Shockers have lost all five road games this season.

The UConn Huskies also need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 78.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 18.1 points and 3.2 assists while Alterique Gilbert is averaging 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Christian Vital is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is dishing 2.2 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have won five of their last six home games.

The Shockers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games. The under is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 home games. The over is 8-3 in Shockers last 11 road games.

The Wichita State Shockers clearly aren't the same team as past years, as they've lost six of their last seven, are being outscored by an average of 5.8 points in their last five games and 16.2 points on the road this season. The UConn Huskies are highly inconsistent and not a team I'm running to lay chalk with, but they are 8-4 ATS at home and winning by an average of 15.7 points at home. It's only a matter of time before UConn gets a big victory to kind of right the ship, and they have the offense to do it here. I'll lay the buckets with the Huskies, even if I'm not thrilled about it.

Pick:
Connecticut -6

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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