(11-2, 5-2 ATS)
(12-2, 7-2 ATS)
The Texas Longhorns and Connecticut Huskies have both already gone through absolutely gauntlets for schedules this year. Both are about set to get involved in the meat and potatoes for their tough conference slates as well. However, before they get there, they will meet each other in Austin in NCAA basketball betting action on Saturday afternoon.
UConn is going to be thrilled to be playing out of conference again, as its two losses this year have both come on the road and in Big East play. This really should be the last devastatingly hard game for awhile, as it will be favored in most of its games in the near future. Defensively, this team continues to be strong, though a scoring average of 64.3 points per game has come up thanks to allowing just under 71 points per game so far in three duels in conference. Still, we’re talking about a team that already has 90 steals in 13 games this year, led by Kemba Walker, who has 31. Not only is Walker the leading steal man on the team, but he is also the leader in assists with 51 and scoring at 26.1 points per game. Without a doubt, this is one of the best players in the nation, and he can absolutely do it all. Walker is even the third highest rebounder on the team, behind Alex Oriakhi (8.4 RPG) and Roscoe Smith (5.8 RPG).
We’ve done a lot of talking about the Longhorns this year and have done a lot of doubting about them. However, they already have some big time wins over the Illinois Fighting Illini, North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan State Spartans, and Arkansas Razorbacks, and they darn near beat the Pitt Panthers at Madison Square Garden as well. Without a doubt, Head Coach Rick Barnes knows that this team is heading back to the dance this year. The only question is whether there will be a very, very high seed that goes with it or not. It’s all about Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton this year for the Horns. Hamilton is the team’s leading scorer at 19.6 points per game this year, and he is also averaging 6.8 boards and right around 3.5 assists per game as well. Thompson is the second leading scorer on the team at 12.1 points per game, and he is doing all of the dirty work on the inside, accounting for 8.0 boards per game. He also has 28 blocks and 19 steals through just 14 games.
The Longhorns are just a more well rounded team than UConn is, and what the Huskies are finding out in conference play is that they really do need more than one, and sometimes two contributors to the offense. Walker is going to beat a few teams like this one on his own, but results like this aren’t coming all that often. Texas should hook itself a Husky on Saturday at home in the biggest home game of the year to date.
College Basketball Free Pick: Texas Longhorns