College Basketball Picks: Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Thursday, 2/6/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Cincinnati -5.5
Current Betting Line:  Cincinnati -5.5
Opening Total:  122.5
Current Total:  126.5
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The Connecticut Huskies are led by senior PG Shabazz Napier

The Connecticut Huskies are led by senior PG Shabazz Napier

Connecticut is 3-0 SUATS over its last three games, as it comes off a 80-43 victory over the Houston Cougars as 13-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests.  The Huskies are led by the play of senior point guard Shabazz Napier, who is averaging team highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals.  The program is 2-1 SU versus ranked opponents this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Connecticut is 0-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Huskies have compiled a respectable 27-28 SU record in true road games over the last five-plus seasons, which is hard to ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Connecticut is shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc this season, which is on pace to break the school’s all-time record of 40.8 in that all-important statistical category.  Led by Napier, the roster is also shooting 77.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Cincinnati has won 14 games in a row, including a 50-45 victory over the South Florida Bulls as 15.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 123.5.  The Bearcats have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Sean Kilpatrick leading the way at 19.4 points a contest.  He has scored in double figures in 99 career games since arriving on campus.  Cincinnati is 0-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Bearcats are 10-0 in league play for the first time since 1999-2000, while they’ve won all 15 games at Fifth Third Arena this season.  Cincinnati is 4-8 SU all-time against Connecticut, with both teams winning on their home floor a year ago.  Defensively, the program ranks fourth in the country in allowing just 56.7 points per game—holding foes to 38.6 percent shooting.

Sports bettors will likely back the Huskies due to their 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven overall games.

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