College Basketball Betting: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Connecticut Huskies Pick

Tennessee Volunteers
(12-6, 8-9 ATS)

Connecticut Huskies
(15-2, 8-3 ATS)

It has been a brutally disappointing season this year for the SEC, and the hope for this conference is that the good times are really set to roll once again on Saturday. The Tennessee Volunteers are going to be heading into Storrs for a crucial duel against one of the Top 10 teams in the country, the Connecticut Huskies, who are flying high right now in college basketball betting action.

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Don’t rest on the Vols though, as they already have a win this year over the Pittsburgh Panthers in a game that was played in a “neutral site”… in the Steel City… Unfortunately, things just haven’t gone all that well since that point, especially with Head Coach Bruce Pearl sitting on the sidelines due to an SEC imposed suspension. Since that victory over the Panthers, the Volunteers are just 5-6 SU and 3-7 ATS, though they do enter this one with back to back wins and covers over the Georgia Bulldogs and Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC. Both Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris came up big on Tuesday night against the Dawgs, as each scored 15 points to help lead the team to victory. These are really the only two scorers to be afraid of on this roster though, as they are the only men that are averaging double digits per game. Hopson, the veteran leader of the bunch, is at 16.4 points per game this year, while Harris, the young gun of a freshman, is averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Defense for UT is key as well. The team allowed an average of 81.0 points per game from December 31st through January 11th, and since that point, it has only given up 60.5 points per game.

It’s amazing to think that the Huskies weren’t playing in the NCAA Tournament last year and that they didn’t start off the campaign ranked in the Top 25 in the nation. In fact, they had to get all the way to 7-0 before they even sniffed the polls. Now though, they’re 15-2, they tremendous wins over the Michigan State Spartans, Kentucky Wildcats, Texas Longhorns, and Villanova Wildcats, and if they can pick up this win on Saturday, the argument really could be made that they would have the resume, if the season stopped today, to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The man to thank is Kemba Walker, as always. Walker “only” scored 24 in the win over Villanova on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which lowered his scoring average to a mere 25.5 points per game. If he gets any sort of help on a regular basis, whether it be from Alex Oriakhi or from any other combination of players, Head Coach Jim Calhoun knows that he has a tough squad to tame.

Perception isn’t very good right now on the Volunteers, and we could legitimately see a double digit set of college basketball odds thrown on the board in this one. If that’s the case, we have to take UT, as it is just playing too well and has too much big game experience in spots like this to get blown out of the water.

College Basketball Free Pick: Tennessee Volunteers

Hat Tricks Give Bulldogs Title; Roeder, Fairchild Score 3 Goals Each website ashburn ice house

The Washington Post February 22, 2003 | Colin Fitzgibbons Late in the third period of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship game, Stone Bridge sophomore Adam Roeder slapped a shot into the upper left corner of the net, scoring his third goal of the game. Not to be outdone, Bulldogs senior Matt Fairchild scored from close range 33 seconds later, notching a hat trick himself.

With Roeder and Fairchild accounting for 75 percent of its scoring, Stone Bridge cruised to an 8-1 victory over Forest Park last night at the Ashburn Ice House.

The victory gave the Bulldogs their second consecutive NVSHL title; they are the only champion the fledgling league has known.

“It feels excellent, one of the best feelings you can have,” said Roeder, who finished the season with 16 goals and 11 assists. “We knew they were a dangerous team, so we just wanted to go out there and prove ourselves.” Stone Bridge (12-1) won the Liberty Conference in the regular season, defeated Osbourn, 10-4, in the tournament quarterfinals and Robinson, 6-5, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 after the first period, but took control of game over the next 15 minutes. Roeder scored two of the team’s four goals in the second period, as Stone Bridge took a 5-1 lead into the final period. Strong defense by senior Matt Griffith, sophomore Brian Calloway and senior Ryan Arnold, along with sturdy goaltending by junior Bryan Lynch helped Stone Bridge hold that lead.

“This year’s playoffs really helped us a lot,” Stone Bridge Coach John Lynch said. “We had been having some second-period meltdowns, but this time, we never let up.” Forest Park (10-2-1) defeated Langley and Broad Run to advance to its first championship game. The Bruins’ inexperience showed at the beginning of the game, however, as they fell behind 4-0 before senior Ross Ratajczyk scored with 7 minutes 48 seconds remaining in the second period. go to site ashburn ice house

RESTON GIRLS 4, HOLTON-ARMS 2: After getting stuck in traffic, Sasha Hughes-Caley arrived mid-way through the first period, but took a pass from Jamie Comrie late in the second and scored the game- winning goal in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League’s girls’ championship game.

Reston, which lost to Holton in the semifinals last year, finished the MSHL season 8-0. Hughes-Caley’s game-winner was her second in as many games. Wednesday night in the semifinals, she scored in overtime to give the Raiders a 1-0 victory over defending champion Montgomery.

Colin Fitzgibbons

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