Connecticut vs Houston - Picks Of The Day, Feb 22nd

Connecticut Huskies

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:17 PM GMT

The Connecticut Huskies have to nearly run the table to be a factor in the post season, but this is a team that's run off 4 consecutive wins while winning 7 out of their last 8 games. Coach Kevin Ollie can't be happy about all of these come from behind situations, but the Huskies have been a determined bunch. Tonight, they'll need to keep up the momentum as they're 7.5 point underdog against the Houston Cougars on the road.

  Connecticut vs Houston

 

Sweating It Out

This is what Connecticut has been doing to their fans in most recent times as they've been coming back from huge deficits to pull out victories.

They almost remind me of Jimmy V's 1983 National Champion North Carolina Wolpack, but at this time, that would be giving them way too much credit. For now, Connecticut has been taking their season on a game by game basis and they must continue to do so.

In their last 3 games, Connecticut has won by 3 points or less in every game and they were quite lucky to defeat the Temple Owls in their last game by 1 point. While I like the Huskies to cover in this game, they're certainly likely to make the bettor sweat, but the bottom line is the results.

Winning Ugly

The Huskies last game against Temple is a good game to focus on. If not for a Jalen Adams layup with 3 seconds remaining, their comeback wouldn't have been completed.

Both teams each had under 30 rebounds and UConn shot 44% from the field while holding Temple to just 33% from the field. Despite playing poorly, Temple held a 10 point lead with just over 8 minutes remaining in the game, but this is the type of situation that Connecticut has been thriving on.

Against a Houston Cougars team, which has won 5 out of their last 6 games, Connecticut can ill-afford to fall behind. Houston is coming off of a tough loss to an a top 25 team in SMU and guard Rob Gray Jr. has been an offensive machine as of late  In Gray Jr.'s last 2 games, he's converted on 21 shots, 9 3-pointers, and is averaging 25.5 points during that period of time.

Even though Houston has had the better season, look for the Huskies to keep this game close as they've been very resilient as of late.

Free NCAAB Pick: Connecticut Huskies +7.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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