College Basketball Predictions: Washington Huskies vs. Connecticut Huskies

Washington Huskies at Connecticut Huskies
Saturday, 12/29/12, 7:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Connecticut -8
Current Betting Line:  Connecticut -7.5
Opening Total:  138
Current Total:  139.5
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The Connecticut Huskies are 0-4 ATS as favorites this season

Washington has won four games in a row, including a 67-57 victory over Northern Illinois as 16-point home favorites a week ago.  The Huskies will be attempting to win their first two games in a hostile environment to start a season for the first time since 2006.  It’s hard to imagine that the program comes away with a win in this spot, considering it has compiled a dismal 2-12 record when playing in the Eastern Time Zone under head coach Lorenzo Romar.  Washington is 0-4 ATS on the road when the total is between 135 to 139.5, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.

The Huskies have four players averaging in double figures offensively, with junior guard C.J. Wilcox leading the way in averaging 19.6 points per game, which has been helped by scoring 20-plus points in three consecutive contests.  Washington has had all 10 of its scholarship players healthy and able to play in just two games this year.  The program is 0-3 all-time in this particular series, which is part of its losing 11-20 all-time mark versus Big East Conference opponents.

Connecticut has proven victorious in three consecutive games, including an 88-73 victory over the Fordham Rams as 16-point home favorites eight days ago.  The Huskies have four players averaging in double figures, with junior guard Shabazz Napier leading the way in scoring 16.8 points per game, with back-court mate Ryan Boatright close behind at 16.1 points per game.  Connecticut is 0-4 ATS as a favorite this season—despite winning each of those contests in straight-up fashion.

The Huskies have tallied an impressive 228-83 record at the XL Center, including a 3-0 mark during the 2012-13 college basketball season.  Connecticut has been very good at the free-throw line late in games, hitting 80-of-91 attempts in the last 10 minutes of games plus overtimes.

Sports bettors will likely back the home team in this affair due to its 5-2 ATS mark versus Pac-12 Conference opponents, while Washington is 7-19-2 ATS o the road after playing three or more consecutive home games.

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