Houston vs. UConn - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Connecticut Huskies (10-7) at Houston Cougars (14-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Fertitta Center)
The Line: Houston Cougars -9 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UConn Huskies and Houston Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Fertitta Center.
The UConn Huskies need a win after losing four of their last five games. The UConn Huskies are averaging 71.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Christian Vital is averaging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds while Josh Carlton is averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds. Alterique Gilbert is dishing 4.8 assists and Tyler Polley is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies have lost all three road games.
The Houston Cougars look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Houston Cougars are averaging 75.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Quentin Grimes is averaging 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while Caleb Mills is averaging 12.6 points and 2.4 rebounds. Nate Hinton is the third double-digit scorer and Fabian White Jr. is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars have won three straight home games.
The Huskies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Huskies last 12 overall. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The UConn Huskies are in a bit of a funk right now where shots aren't falling and they're shooting just 40.3 percent from the field in their last five games. The Houston Cougars win at home by an average of 13.3 points, and they're 11-7 ATS on the season. The UConn Huskies just lack the consistent shooting to get the job done against better teams in their conference, and the Houston Cougars have crushed them in each of the last three meetings. I have to side with Houston in a comfortable home victory.