Northwestern vs UConn Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/24/24

Connecticut (32-3) vs Northwestern (22-11)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 7:45 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: Connecticut -14.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a UConn vs Northwestern betting prediction for this college basketball showdown on Sunday, March 24th at the SAP Center. We will take a look at: 

-The Uconn Huskies recent form and recent player performance

-The Northwestern Wildcats recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between Uconn and Northwestern.

UConn Dominate Game One

The UConn Huskies recently beat Villanova, Seton Hall, Marquette, and Stetson. UConn faced off against Stetson in the first game and it was a comfortable victory. At halftime they were up 52-19, and they never looked back on the way to the blowout victory. Donovan Clingan had a strong game putting up 19 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. There were five different players that finished with at least 12 points. UConn on the season is averaging 81.7 points while their defense is giving up 64.1 points per game. Tristen Newton is having a strong season, averaging 15.1 points while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

Northwestern Pulled Away in First Game

The Northwestern Wildcats recently beat Minnesota and FAU while losing to Michigan State and Wisconsin. Northwestern faced off against Florida Atlantic in the first game and they were able to secure the 77-65 victory. Ryan Longborg had a strong game putting up 27 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Boo Buie had a strong game putting up 22 points four rebounds, and three assists. Northwestern is averaging 73.8 points, while their defense is giving up 68.9 points per game. Boo Buie has been the top player averaging 19.3 points while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

Connecticut Huskies Team Facts

  • Connecticut has won each of its last 18 games against non-AP-ranked opponents.
  • Each of Connecticut's last six NCAA Tournament night games against a lower seed have produced a total of 135 or fewer points.
  • Connecticut has won the first half in each of its last 13 games played at neutral venues.

Northwestern Wildcats Team Facts

  • Northwestern has won eight of its last nine games after coming off overtime.
  • Each of Northwestern's last five night games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 132 or fewer points.
  • Northwestern has lost the first half in each of its last seven games against Top 5 AP-ranked opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Connecticut ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for offensive rating this season (123.7).
  • Connecticut ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for defensive rating this season (97.5).
  • Northwestern ranks 6th among Division 1 teams for assist to turnover ratio this season (1.81).
  • Northwestern ranks 7th among Division 1 teams for turnovers per game this season (8.7).

UConn vs Northwestern Betting Prediction

Northwestern pulled away in the first game, but they are going to struggle here. UConn is averaging 81.7 points, and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. UConn’s defense is going to find a way to slow down Longborg here, and that is going to be the difference here. Northwestern isn’t going to have enough offense, and UConn will pull away. Back UConn against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick UConn -14.5

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