Houston Cougars vs. Connecticut Huskies - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Connecticut Huskies at Houston Cougars

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Fertitta Center)

Houston -9 O/U 131.5

The UConn Huskies travel to the Fertitta Center to take on the Houston Cougars. UConn has lost its last two games, but both games have been to ranked teams and in close fashion. The Huskies most recent loss was a 61-55 defeat to #13 ranked Villanova and dropped the UConn record on the season to 10-7. Houston comes in on a two-game winning streak, the most recent win a road win in a tough place to play beating Witchita State 65-54 to improve their record on the season to 14-4.

Houston comes in averaging 75.3 points per game which ranks them 88th in the NCAA. Leading Houston is Kansas transfer sophomore guard Quentin Grimes who is averaging 12.8 points per game while adding a team-high 2.8 assists. Leading Houston in rebounding is sophomore guard Nate Hinton who is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game while adding 11.6 points per game. All five of Houston’s starters are averaging double figures in points. 

The UConn offense comes in averaging 71.2 points per game to rank just 185th in scoring offense in college basketball. Leading UConn is senior guard Christian Vital who is averaging 14.2 points per game, Vital is tied for the team lead in rebounding as well with 6.8 per game and contributes 2.6 assists per game. Junior forward Josh Carlton is averaging 10 points while adding 6.8 rebounds per game. Junior point guard Alterique Gilbert comes in averaging a team-high in assists with 4.8 and adds in 9.7 points of his own. 

The UConn defense has been stout this season allowing only 64.5 points per game while holding teams to 39.8% from the field. According to KenPom statistics, UConn has the 48th ranked adjusted defense in the NCAA. Houston opponents have scored 64.8 points per game which ranks them 80th in the country in scoring defense but has held opponents to just 38.4% from the field. 

Houston has been a solid bet this season and boasts a 11-7 record ATS on the season and has covered the spread in eight of their last nine games. UConn boasts a 11-6 record ATS but has covered the spread in just one of their last four games. Final score prediction, the electric Houston offense gets off to a hot start and never looks back winning and covering the spread with a 71-60 final score. 

Lance’s Pick Houston Cougars -9

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.