Cougars vs. Huskies Prediction
The 21st-ranked Houston Cougars can move into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference tonight with a win at the UConn Huskies. Can the hosts play spoiler in front of the home fans?
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Gampel Pavilion at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Cougars are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 133.5 points. As of Thursday afternoon, 67 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Houston. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Cougars roll past Bearcats
Houston earned a 68-55 home win Sunday afternoon over Cincinnati to improve to 22-7 overall and 12-4 in AAC play. The Cougars led 38-31 at halftime and continued to pull away after the break. Marcus Sasser paced Houston with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 5-of-12 from 3-point distance. He also grabbed six rebounds. Nate Hinton tallied 16 points, seven boards and two steals. Caleb Mills added 15 points, three caroms, three assists and two steals.
Huskies race past Pirates
Connecticut rolled to an 84-63 road victory Saturday at East Carolina to move to 17-12 overall and 8-8 in conference action. The Huskies led 42-30 at halftime and padded the advantage after the break. Christian Vital led UConn with 27 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 5-of-12 from 3-point range plus 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also racked up six rebounds and four steals. James Bouknight contributed 19 points, 10 boards and four assists. Isaiah Whaley had 16 points and seven caroms. Brendan Adams added 11 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last five games as a road favorite.
The Huskies are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Cougars had a tough time getting past the Huskies at home in what was a 63-59 decision and with the younger players on the UConn roster growing with each game, it is a dangerous team to play at this time of season. The only defeat for the Huskies in their last five games was a double overtime heartbreaker at Temple. Look for UConn to play another whale of a game today and play spoiler against a Houston squad that has lost its last two road games straight up.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: UCONN HUSKIES +2