UConn vs. Cincinnati to Offer Value to NCAA Basketball Bettors

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 6, 2014 1:02 PM GMT

Connecticut Huskies point guard Shabazz Napier is one of the best playmakers in the country, as he prepare to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats Thursday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this American Athletic Conference matchup at the Fifth Third Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

Putting things together 

Connecticut has won and covered the number in its last three games, including a 80-43 victory over the Houston Cougars as 13-point home favorites last Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests. 

The Huskies continue to be paced by point guard Shabazz Napier offensively—leading the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. 

Since the 2011-12 campaign, the program is 0-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points, with the OVER going 2-0 in that situation. 

Soaring higher 

Cincinnati is enjoying its highest ranking since 2003-04, as it has put together a 14-game winning streak, including a 50-45 victory over the South Florida Bulls as 15.5-point home favorites Sunday. 

The Bearcats have won their last 17 home games by an average of 18.6 points. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is a dismal 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons. 

Life on the road 

The Huskies have compiled a 27-28 SU record in true road games over the last five-plus seasons, while they’ve captured two of three contests overall against ranked opponents during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Connecticut has an opportunity to pick up a victory in this spot if forward DeAndre Daniels is able to take the floor, as he’s listed as questionable with ankle and back issues. 

Kilpatrick 

Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick is averaging a team-high 19.4 points per game, which includes an 18-point performance against the Bulls last time out despite dealing with flu-like symptoms. 

The senior combined to score 38 points in two meetings against the Huskies a season ago—the type of number he’ll likely need to reach again to pick up a victory in this spot due to the bench contributing just a single basket last time out.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Huskies as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in this series. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Connecticut Huskies +5 at Pinnacle