Auburn at Connecticut: 11/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Connecticut Huskies (4-0) vs Auburn Tigers (3-0)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 2:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
Betting Odds: Connecticut Huskies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 22nd ranked UConn Huskies & 19th ranked Auburn Tigers will square off at Imperial Arena this Wednesday afternoon in the 1st round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.
The 22nd ranked UConn Huskies improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Binghamton Bearcats, 87-63, this past Saturday. UConn was solid offensively against Binghamton and cruised to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 37-22 lead. UConn shot 49.3% from the field & 46.7% from beyond the arc while holding Binghamton to just 37.5% from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc. UConn outrebounded Binghamton by a 45-34 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 11-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Tyrese Martin who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, & 3 steals.
On the season, UConn is averaging 92.0 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UConn has been led by Adama Sanogo (15.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.5 bpg), Tyrese Martin (13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), R.J. Cole (11.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg), & Jalen Gaffney (10.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg).
Defensively, UConn is holding their opponents to an average of 51.2 ppg on 33.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 13.0 and a turnover margin of 10.8.
The 19th ranked Auburn Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 58-52, this past Friday night. Auburn trailed by a 33-26 margin at halftime, however, the Tigers defense was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to pull ahead for good after a 15-0 Tigers run gave Auburn a 46-40 lead with 7:46 left in regulation. Auburn shot 34.4% from the field & 19.2% from beyond the arc while allowing South Florida to shoot 35.0% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was K.D. Johnson who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals in 22 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Auburn is averaging 76.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by K.D. Johnson (15.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.0 spg), Jabari Smith (13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.3 bpg), Wendell Green Jr. (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apg), & Jaylin Williams (8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 bpg).
Defensively, Auburn is holding their opponents to an average of 57.0 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 4.7.
The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Tigers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games.
UConn has been impressive on both sides of the court to start the season, however, it’s still hard to gauge how good this team can be this season as the Huskies opening opponents have not been overly difficult. Auburn had a nice comeback against South Florida and has been led by a strong defense that currently ranks 19th in scoring defense & 52nd in defensive FG%. I think both offenses are going to have a bit of a hard time getting going in this one as defense always travels better than offense and as I think this is going to be a competitive, low-scoring game, I think the play here is to take the Under. Good Luck!