Uconn Huskies (10-7) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-6)Date : 01/16/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Reynolds Arena, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Uconn Huskies vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Two reeling AAC teams will get together on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Reynolds Arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the UConn Huskies will battle the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in an all-important conference matchup. Both teams enter this game currently in a rough patch as the Golden Hurricane are losers of three of their last four games, overall, as they fell to the SMU Mustangs on the road in their last time out as a solid defense for the Mustangs held Tulsa to just 35% shooting. On the other hand, the Mustangs shot just 41% from the floor yet were allowed to connect on 13 3 pointers on the night compared to just seven for the Golden Hurricane in what was a one-sided victory.
The UConn Huskies have lost four of their last five games as they fell in their 2nd straight road game versus the Cincinnati Bearcats in their last outing as the Huskies certainly kept the game tight throughout; Yet, after forcing overtime, the Huskies fizzled out late in the game while being outscored slightly by a 12 – 10 margin in the extra session en route to the loss.
Uconn Huskies's Latest Performance :
Cincinnati was certainly on point on the defensive end of their matchup with the UConn Huskies as they allowed just 41% shooting on the night. Nonetheless, the Huskies connected on 11 of 27 three pointers for the contest as Alterique Gibson, Christian Vital, along with Jalen Adams combined to go 9 – 22 from long range on the night while leading the team with 22 points along with 16 points apiece. UConn also heavily outrebounded the Cincinnati Bearcats in this contest by 10 boards yet committed 15 costly turnovers throughout the contest to which Cincinnati gladly took advantage of.
Jarron Cumberland had a rough shooting night in going 5-14 for the game yet chipped in 22 points to lead the Bearcats in scoring. Also, Nysier Brooks chipped in 17 points while pulling down six rebounds in the slim victory for Cincinnati. Connecticut continues to average 78 points on the season on 46% shooting from the floor. In al, despite their past performances, they continue to remain a dangerous offense when clicking on all cylinders. They will certainly look to get back on track versus a Tulsa team that has also struggled on both ends of the floor lately, as pointed out.
Nonetheless, aside from a home loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats in their last contest at Reynolds Arena, the Golden Hurricane remains to be winners of four of their last five home games, overall. During this time, the defense for Tulsa, which is been the tip of the spear in their success this season, allowed teams to average just 61 points per game.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane's Latest Performance :
During their four-game stretch to where they went 1-3, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane’s offense is averaging just 61 points per game.And while the offense for Tulsa has not been overly stellar at any point in their 2018 campaign, they continue to average 70 points per game on the season on 45% shooting from the floor. Nonetheless, in their last four games, leading scorer Daquan Jeffries has struggled mightily as he posted just seven points in their last outing versus the SMU Mustangs on 3-10 shooting from the field in addition to going 0-3 from three-point range. Jeriah Horne led the team with 14 points off the bench as he went 4 – 7 from 3-point range while Sterling Taplin chipped in 10 points while pulling down six rebounds in the lost for Tulsa.
The defense for SMU allowed the Golden Hurricane to shoot just 35% from the floor while the Mustangs were red-hot from three-point range in this contest, as stated, as Jahmal McMurray along with Ethan Chargois ended the game going 9-16 from long-range while pumping in 22 and 18 points, respectively, for the home team. Of course, this illustrates yet another problem as to the catalyst for Tulsa’s struggles these days. While their defense has allowed opponents to score an average of 68 points per game for the year, they have allowed 70 points or more in their last four games.
With that being the case, look for them shore up defensive vulnerabilities in this matchup versus the Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday night. It will be important to note that Connecticut has struggled as well lately on the offensive end as they have failed to reach the 70-point mark in four of their last seven games, overall. This was certainly the case in their last matchup vs a tough, defensive-minded team in the Cincinnati Bearcats.
How Uconn Huskies & Tulsa Golden Hurricane Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UConn is 9 – 8 against the spread while the OU is 9 – 8
Tulsa is 8 – 9 against the spread while the OU is 7-9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting AAC matchup amongst two teams that has struggled mightily lately on both ends of the floor. One should certainly expect an up and down, fast pace matchup in this contest as both teams rely on their defensive units in which to set the tone of their matchups early. With that being the case, expect for the Huskies as well as the Golden Hurricane to run frequently in which to ensure that the defenses are not able to get set. Of course, with the way in which both offenses have struggled lately, some buckets in transition and/or trips to the free throw line will certainly do well in which the kick-starting their dismal offenses.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
My reason for the pick :
I will back Tulsa in this matchup as they have played very well at home this season with wins over teams such as Oklahoma State as well as Kansas State. On the other hand, the Huskies are losers of their last three road games where they were simply not able to hit critical baskets down the stretch. Jalen Adams, despite being the leading scorer for the season in averaging 17 points per game, has been up and down in the last five games for the Huskies as he has not been able to remain consistent on a game-by-game basis. With that being the case, look for Tulsa to pull it together on the defensive end, just enough in which to pull out a slim victory over a UConn team that will certainly keep this game competitive throughout due to their overall defensive prowess.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last five home games for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane while being the play in two of the last three games, overall, for the UConn Huskies. Again, with the way in which these offenses have struggled leading up to this matchup, one has to believe that the under will indeed be the strong play in this contest on Wednesday night, as well. Also, combine this with the fact that both teams lead with their defenses, which are allowing around 40% shooting throughout the season, look for it this contest to be one that is low-scoring, yet, highly competitive as each team will be looking to pull out an all important victory.
Betting trends for Uconn Huskies:
- The Huskies are 4-6 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 7 – 3 in Huskies last 10 games
Betting trends for Tulsa Golden Hurricane:
- The Golden Hurricane is 6 – 4 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 7-3 in Golden Hurricane last 10 games