NCAAB Picks Connecticut Huskies vs. Boston College Eagles

Joe Freda

Thursday, November 21, 2013 1:42 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 1:42 PM UTC

The Connecticut Huskies have notched a 3-1 spread record to start the year, piling in 84 PPG as part of a four-game winning streak. What are the betting odds for the Huskies vs. the Eagles?

Thursday’s NCAAB betting has Kevin Ollie’s troops taking Madison Square Garden’s stage against the Boston College Eagles.

Huskies, Napier pull away

Connecticut’s latest triumph came in Sunday’s 77-60 win over the Boston University Terriers, cashing as a 14 ½-point betting odds favorite. The Huskies shot 49.1 percent from the floor in Storrs, including an 8-for-17 clip beyond the arc. 

Huskies guard Shabazz Napier grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds as part of a double-double, while adding six assists and two steals. Connecticut’s DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright united for 40 points, knocking down 16-of-29 field buckets.

The battle’s combined 137 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 148, moving the UNDER to 3-0 in UConn’s latest trio of duels. Huskies center Amida Brimah logged his side’s sole two blocks off the bench, while finishing with five points.

Eagles, Hanlan edge FAU

Boston College ended a three-game losing streak on the same date’s card, topping the Florida Atlantic Owls in an 82-79 victory. The Eagles nearly blew a 13-point lead during the second half, allowing FAU to pull within a bucket in the matchup’s final three minutes.

Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan put up 38 points, sinking 12-of-14 free throws in 35 minutes of action. Boston College’s Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon logged seven boards each, while combining for three blocks.

Hanlan and Co. gave up 48.3 percent field shooting from the Owls’ roster, sending the contest’s 161 points OVER the ‘total’ of 146. Anderson was held to single digits for the first time, connecting just 2-of-10 floor shots en route to seven points.

Back the Huskies at MSG

Bet365 opened Connecticut as a 9 ½-point favorite, with most NCAAB betting shops holding the number steady. The winning squad moves on to tomorrow night’s 2K Sports Classic final against either the Indiana Hoosiers or Washington Huskies.

I am backing UConn as part of Thursday’s sports picks, laying the points in New York.

Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier leads the American Athletic Conference in assists (7.8 APG), while ranking third among his rivals for rebounds (9.5 RPG). Napier and his mates should look to put this battle away early in the front end of a back-to-back, while continuing to draw attention on the hardwood after last year’s postseason ban.

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Boston College has logged a 0-4 ATS mark, including a pair of losing tickets away from home. The Eagles were upset by the UMass Minutemen earlier this month in an 86-73 defeat at Boston’s TD Garden, outscored in the second half, 54-37.

UConn has an 8-2 spread mark in its last 10 non-conference games, while cashing at 19-7 ATS in the team’s latest 26 neutral-site affairs. The Huskies have a trio of the AAC’s top dozen shooters from three-point range, including Niels Giffey knocking down triples at a 12-for-15 clip.

Look for Connecticut to outclass the Eagles through both halves of this duel, with Boston College being handed another losing ticket in its 2-5 ATS stretch against rivals with winning records.

Free Pick: Connecticut Huskies -9 ½ at Bet365

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