Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats NCAAB Betting Preview
Where: XL Center — Hartford, CT
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:00 PM ET
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Betting on the Connecticut Huskies (16-16, 9-9 AAC)
The Huskies moved ahead to the semis after running past Houston in the quarterfinals, 74-65. Jalen Adams had an all-around game, scoring 23 points, four rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals and threes.
With departures and injuries, Adams (14.2 PPG) is continuing his emergence as one of the team’s new go-to guy, joining Rodney Purvis (13.8 PPG). The two are interchanging games being UConn’s leading scorer for a game and they have carried that trend in the conference tournament, with Purvis hanging 30 points versus South Florida earlier in the week.
As they look to lock-up a second consecutive appearance in the AAC title game (they won last year against Memphis, 78-72), doubts could be circling through their minds. They were easily dispatched by the Bearcats in both of their meetings during the year, and they lost by an average of 17 points while only shooting 37.1 percent from the floor.
Purvis has a respectable average of 17.5 points in those encounters, but Adams was only a combined 5-for-16 for 12 points.
UConn is 2-4 SU and ATS in their last six games.
Betting on the Cincinnati Bearcats (28-4, 16-2 AAC)
Cincinnati did what they were supposed to do against Tulsa, as they easily dusted them off, 80-61. Their tough, suffocating defense was on display, with Sterling Taplin being the lone opposing starter to score in double digits.
Over on offense, the Bearcats also showcased a lot. Kyle Washington and Jacob Evans scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, and combined for an efficient 16-for-20 shooting. Their playmaker, Troy Caupain, had his usual all-around stat line, posting 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three threes.
With their convincing pair of victories over Connecticut (won by 14 and 20 points) in the regular season, there’s no reason to think that Cincy won’t be able to do it again. Their just better offensively and defensively, and the Huskies are not able to fully contain the trio of Washington, Jacob Evans, and Gary Clark.
Washington and Evans interchanged a quiet production opposite UConn, but in both games, Clark came up big, and he’s averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds on 53.5 percent shooting in the season series.
The Bearcats are 18-2 in their last 20 games (10-9-1 ATS).
Cincy cruises, 76-61.
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