UCONN vs Houston 3/15/19 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
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UCONN Huskies vs. Houston Cougars
NCAAB: 12:00 PM EST
Mar. 15, 2019
Latest Odds : HOU -10 Total 140
The UConn Huskies will play the No. 11 ranked Houston Cougars on Friday in an American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal matchup at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Huskies used hot shooting to defeat South Florida on Thursday 80-73. Christian Vital scored 25 points to lead the Huskies in the opening round of the tournament.
Houston completed its regular season 29-2 overall and 16-2 in the ACC. The Cougars won the regular season title by two games over second place Cincinnati. Houston defeated the Bearcats in the season finale 85-69 with Corey Davis Jr. leading the way with 31 points. The game was close at the half with Houston leading by two points, but the Cougars turned it on in the second half to win by 16.
Jalen Adams leads UConn in scoring with an average of 16.9 points per game, but is out injured. Two other Huskies are averaging double figures in scoring. Josh Carlton leads UConn in rebounds with an average of 6.0 per game. Alterique Gilbert leads the Huskies in assists with an average of 3.6 per game. Connecticut is shooting 44.9% from the field and 34.6% from 3-point territory.
Corey Davis Jr. is the leading scorer with an average of 16.6 points per game. Armoni Brooks is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounding with averages of 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Galen Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars in assists with an average of 5.1 per game. Houston is shooting 45.1% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
UConn 4-2 ATS in its last 6
The OVER has cashed in each of the Huskies last 3
Houston is 3-2-1 ATS in its last 6
The OVER has cashed in 3 of the Cougars last 4
Free Betting Pick: Houston Cougars -10
Houston defeated UConn 71-63 in the only meeting of the season between the two, but failed to cover the spread as a 9.5-point road dog. The Cougars have been far more consistent all season ending the season winning 14 of the last 15 SU and going 9-5-1 ATS over the same span. Final Score Prediction, Houston Cougars win and cover ATS 78-64.