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Florida State vs. Connecticut - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Connecticut Huskies (7-2) at Florida State Seminoles (7-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 6:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -8 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Connecticut Huskies (7-2) at Florida State Seminoles (7-1)
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The Florida State Seminoles and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Prudential Center.

The Florida State Seminoles look for a statement victory to build on their 7-1 start to the season. The Florida State Seminoles are averaging 78.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Terance Mann is averaging 11.1 points and 2.1 assists while Mfiondu Kabengele is averaging 11 points and 4.4 rebounds. Trent Forrest is the third double-digit scorer and M.J. Walker is dishing 1.9 assists. The Florida State Seminoles are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Florida State Seminoles are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Florida State Seminoles have won three of their last four non-home games.

The UConn Huskies look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 85.6 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Jalen Adams is averaging 19 points and 2.9 assists while Christian Vital is averaging 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is dishing 2.7 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have split their last two non-home games.

The Seminoles are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 16-5 in Huskies last 21 overall. The under is 9-2-1 in Seminoles last 12 overall.

The Florida State Seminoles are probably the better team, but the UConn Huskies are much improved, as the offense has picked up big time from a year ago and they can still get after it defensively. This game also means more to UConn, who doesn't play in a great conference so it needs as many big wins as possible to pad that resume. And while this is considered an away game for both sides, there will be a heavy UConn crowd with the game being played in New Jersey. This is too many points to give the UConn Huskies, a team outscoring teams by 12.6 points.

Pick:
Connecticut Huskies +8

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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