December 31, 2013

Basketball Pick: Connecticut Huskies vs. Houston Cougars

Connecticut Huskies vs. Houston Cougars

Date/Time: December 31, 9:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN2

College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada

The college basketball season will end 2013 with a big time game as the eight win Houston Cougars will host the top rated Connecticut Huskies in a prime time matchup.

Game Overview:

The top ranked Connecticut men’s basketball team begins play in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference when they enter this game against Houston. The Huskies are ranked in the top 20 of the college basketball polls heading into this tilt. The Huskies have eleven wins on the season and is riding a two-game winning streak, most recently having defeated Eastern Washington, 82-55, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.  They will get a much tougher challenge in this game. The reason the Huskies are playing so well is because they have a very balanced scoring attack. In the last win five Husky player’s recorded double-digit points, including Phillip Nolan who scored a career-high 11 points in the outing. These teams have not met on the basketball court in over a decade, but the Huskies have the edge. Connecticut owns a 2-0 all-time record against the Cougars, scoring at least 72 points in both contests. This is a much different team as Houston has a tough defensive unit that can play with any team in the country.

TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the last outing against Rice, but he will have to have a similar output if they hope to beat the Huskies. They will need everyone on the floor to play well if they want to get their ninth win in front of a national televised audience.

The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that both teams have some positive wagering angles in their favor leading up to the tip off of this nightcap. The Huskies are 6-1 against the spread ATS in their last 7 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games when going up against a team with a winning home record and -3 ATS in their last 10 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games when playing against a team with a winning road record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win against the spread but 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Huskies are the team to beat in this game and in this conference. The Huskies have compiled a 7-2 record in the month of December and they will get their eight as they defeat Houston to ring in the New Year.

Free Pick: UConn Huskies

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Cole Ryan

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