Tulsa vs. Connecticut - 2/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Connecticut Huskies (11-10) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (15-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Donald Reynolds Center)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -3.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Connecticut (UConn) Huskies (11-10, 2-6 CONF) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (15-6, 7-1 CONF) will meet on Thursday, February 6th for an American Conference matchup at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
UConn and Tulsa are two teams going in very different directions. UConn had their fair share of hype heading into the season, but with a record of 11-10 and 2-6 in the conference, that hype has vanished. UConn has lost four of their last five, three of which were conference games. All four of their losses in this stretch were by three possessions or less, with the last loss to Memphis being a 70-63 score. Tulsa, on the other hand, has won six games in a row, and their impressive conference record stands at 7-1. They took care of Witchita State 54-51 in their last game.
UConn scores 70.8 points per game on 41.1% FG shooting. The Huskies also allow 65.3 points per game, therefore they benefit from a 5.5 positive scoring differential. UConn also earns 38.1 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 6.6 blocks, and 7.0 steals per game.
Tulsa has actually quite similar numbers, as the Golden Hurricane score 70.4 points per game, which is .4 less than UConn. Tulsa defends the ball better than UConn, as they give up only 63.6 points per game. Tulsa’s scoring differential on the season so far is 6.8 points. Tulsa also earns 36.5 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 7.8 steals per game.
UConn is 13-8 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. UConn is also 2-3 ATS on the road so far this season. Tulsa is 13-8 ATS this season and 8-2 ATS in their last ten games. Tulsa is also 8-5 ATS at home so far this season.
This spread seems very sneaky, as on a neutral court the line would be even closer. This goes to show that UConn on paper is very talented, even though it has not translated to many wins in conference play. I will take the Huskies and the 3.5 points, as I think this UConn team is better than what they have shown thus far.