Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies 3/5/2020 NCAAB Odds, Spread and Preview
Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies 3/5/2020 – The Houston Cougars aim for a top seed in the AAC tournament when they face the Connecticut Huskies Thursday. It will be a rematch for both teams with college basketball lines today favoring the Cougars over the Huskies. However, Houston will have to work hard to pull off a win. The Huskies are on a three-game winning streak, toting an 8-8 AAC record.
Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies 3/5/2020
|When:||Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut|
|TV:||CBS Sports Network|
Final week of regular season begins at 6 pm CST THURSDAY at UConn
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A win for the Houston Cougars is essential since it will give them a top spot of the AAC. They are coming off a win over Cincinnati and look to add the Huskies to their list of victims. Caleb Mills will lead the offensive for Houston with some help from Quentin Grimes. However, victory will depend if the Cougars can sustain the level of defense this season. If they can force turnovers, the Huskies will be in for a long night.
Players to watch: C. Mills G (29 GP 22.2 MIN 13.3 PTS 2.4 REB 1.2 AST 0.5 STL 0.2 BLK 1.3 TO 39.7 FG% 73 FT% 36.4 3PT%), Q. Grimes G (28 GP 27.6 MIN 11.5 PTS 3.6 REB 2.6 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 2.3 TO 44 FG% 66.3 FT% 31.3 3PT%), N. Hinton G (29 GP 30.6 MIN 10.5 PTS 9 REB 2.1 AST 1.3 STL 0.2 BLK 1.2 TO 39.6 FG% 75.6 FT% 37.5 3PT%).
Pulling off a win over the Cougars will be beneficial for the Huskies. They are on a roll and caging the Cougars should boost their stock and make some serious noise moving forward. Christian Vital will lead the Huskies on offense but will need help. They face a team that plays tough defense, meaning their struggling offensive will run into problems on Thursday.
Players to watch: C. Vital G (29 GP 32 MIN 15.6 PTS 6.4 REB 2.7 AST 2.6 STL 0.2 BLK 2.7 TO 38.5 FG% 89.9 FT% 33.9 3PT%), J. Bouknight G (26 GP 25.3 MIN 13 PTS 4 REB 1.2 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 1.8 TO 46.7 FG% 81.9 FT% 37.5 3PT%), T. Polley F (15 GP 25.2 MIN 9.5 PTS 3.2 REB 0.6 AST 0.4 STL 0.5 BLK 0.3 TO 41.7 FG% 79.3 FT% 40.5 3PT%).
Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies Betting Predictions
Houston is 13-7 ATS in their last 20 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston’s last 14 games.
Cougars are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.
Houston is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Connecticut.
Cougars are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games against Connecticut.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut’s last 8 games.
Connecticut is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Huskies are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Connecticut’s last 11 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut’s last 8 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.
Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies Betting Picks
The Huskies are streaking but NCAA basketball lines see the Cougars pulling off something on Thursday. Houston will be in for a fight but their defense should pull through. If the Huskies can come out with a good offensive game, Connecticut could shift the odds in their favor.
Moneyline: -135 is set for the Cougars and +115 is set for the Huskies.
ATS: Look for the spread of -1.5 for Houston and + for Connecticut.
Totals: Over 131.5 is out for the Cougars and under 131.5 is out for the Huskies.
Score Prediction: 71-67, Houston Cougars.