Houston vs. UConn - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Cougars (22-7) at Connecticut Huskies (17-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (XL Center)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +1.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Houston Cougars (22-7, 12-4 CONF) and UConn Huskies (17-12, 8-8 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 5th for an American Conference matchup at the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Houston is coming off a 68-55 home win over Cincinnati in their last game. Houston has won two of their last three games overall, and they are currently ranked #21 in the country. UConn is coming off an 84-63 road win over East Carolina in their last game. UConn is now on a three-game win streak, albeit those wins were against weaker teams in the American conference. But hey, a win is a win in conference play.
Houston scores 72.6 points per game on 42.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Houston’s leading scorer is G Caleb Mills, who scores 13.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for Houston is G Nate Hinton, who earns 9.0 rebounds per game. Houston allows 61.8 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +10.8 scoring differential so far this season. Houston also earns 41.4 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 5.0 blocks, and 5.1 steals per game as a team.
UConn scores 72.4 points per game on 41.7 percent field goal shooting this season. UConn’s leading scorer and rebounder is G Christian Vital, who scores 15.6 points per game and earns 6.4 rebounds per game. UConn allows 66.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +5.8 scoring differential so far this season. UConn also earns 38.0 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 6.0 blocks, and 7.2 steals per game as a team.
Houston is 16-13 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Houston is also 4-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. UConn is 18-11 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. UConn is also 10-6 against the spread at home so far this season.
This should be a great game between two teams with similar styles. The first meeting between these two was close, and I think this one will be even closer. For that reason, I will take UConn as the home dog and grab my 1.5 points.