Cincinnati vs Connecticut Basketball Picks
Date/Time: February 21st, 7:00 pm ET
College Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: UCONN -1
Basketball Betting Game Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road
- Cincinnati is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- Connecticut is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
- Connecticut is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cincinnati
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut’s last 5 games at home
- Connecticut is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
NCAA Basketball Pick – February 21st
The Cincinnati Bearcats know that they are in need of a big time win or two down the stretch to ensure a place in the NCAA Tournament, and they are going to have a chance to get the job done on the road at the XL Center on Thursday night when they take on the Connecticut Huskies.
The Bearcats are really starting to put themselves into a bit of a tenuous situation. They were probably once a No. 4 seed or so in the NCAA Tournament, but over the course of the last four games, the team has lost twice at home and once at the Providence Friars. Now, with three out of the next four on the road, and the one home date coming against these Huskies at the outset of March, there is a real chance for this losing streak to extend. We would like to think that getting to 20 wins is going to be good enough to get into the dance, but getting to 22 or so would be a heck of a lot more convincing. This is a team that has a solid defense, but the offense is certainly slacking. There are only three players that are averaging more than 6.2 points per game this year, and they all happen to be guards. G Sean Kilpatrick is the leader of the bunch at 18.0 points per game, but G Cashmere Wright and G JaQuan Parker are good for 13.3 and 11.0 points per game respectively. None of the three are shooting better than .416 from the field, which really hurts the team when the a big shot really matters.
The Huskies are probably going to have to win out if they want to reach their ultimate goal this year of winning the Big East. Even if they don’t manage that though, they have still had a heck of a year under first year Head Coach Kevin Ollie. The season really could have fallen apart, but instead, the fact that the team has been barred from postseason play this year has brought the pieces of the team that stayed in Storrs closer together. Just like Cincinnati has the problem of getting some scoring from some players outside of its three best players, the Huskies really only have four scoring options. G Shabazz Napier, G Ryan Boatright, G Omar Calhoun, and F DeAndre Daniels are averaging 53.9 points per game between them this year, and they are the only ones that have the ability to put together huge games.
As much as we would like to think that the Bearcats are going to bring their best to the table in this one, we think that this is a game for the Huskies. UConn only has a few home games left, and it is going to want to take full advantage of those outings. Look for Calhoun to continue to a suddenly hot streak of games in this one, as he and his mates add another blunder to UC’s resume. Connecticut 69 – Cincinnati 62
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