The UConn Huskies (6-0, 0-0 Big East) and Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 0-0 SEC) will be trying to advance to the championship game when they meet in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday night. The Huskies are coming off an 83-59 win over Oregon as 3.5-point favorites. The Crimson Tide are coming off an 81-70 win over Michigan State as five-point favorites.
UConn won the only meeting between the two teams.
Huskies Going For Seventh Consecutive WinThe Huskies are off to a perfect start after winning their first six games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Crimson Tide, which will give them their seventh win in a row.
UConn is averaging 86.5 points per game. They scored 83 points in their last game, making 47.6 percent of their field goals and 45.9 percent of their three-pointers.
Tristen Newton led the Huskies with 23 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Jordan Hawkins finished with 18 points and two rebounds, while Adama Sanogo added 12 points and six rebounds.
UConn has played well defensively, giving up 57.3 points per game. They gave up 59 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Crimson Tide Going For Sixth Consecutive WinThe Crimson Tide are paying well at the moment and come into this game on a five-game winning streak. They will try to keep their record perfect with a win over the Huskies, which will give them their sixth win in a row and a spot in the championship game.
Alabama is averaging 84 points per game. They scored 81 points in tier last game, making 44.4 percent of their field goals and 34.8 percent of their three-pointers.
Brandon Miller led Alabama with 24 points and nine rebounds. Noah Gurley finished with 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Noah Clowney added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Alabama has also played well defensively, giving up 60 points per game. They gave up 70 points in their last game and will need to play better if they want to win this game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Huskies have won six straight games. They are playing very well offensively, scoring more than 85 points per game while making over 50 percent of their shots. They are very aggressive on the offensive glass, averaging more than 10 offensive boards per game, which will give them more scoring opportunities. They also don’t turn the ball over a lot and won’t give the Crimson Tide a lot of easy-scoring opportunities. Even though Alabama has played well defensively, they had a hard time against a short-handed Michigan State team and will have a hard time slowing down the Huskies. The Crimson Tide have won five straight games and they’ve also played very well offensively, They don’t shoot the ball as well as the Huskies, but they rebound the ball well, which will keep them in the game. They are also very careless with the ball, which will be a problem against a UConn team that forces a lot of turnovers. With the Huskies holding opponents under 60 points per game, the Crimson Tide will struggle offensively in this game, so go with UConn to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Huskies are averaging 86.5 points per game. They play at a fast pace, averaging 73.4 possessions per game. Even though the Crimson Tide are giving up 60 points per game, they gave up 70 points in their last game, so expect the Huskies to score more than 70 points in this game. The Crimson Tide are averaging 84 points per game. They play at a faster pace, averaging 75 possessions per game. Even though the Huskies are giving up 57.3 points per game, the Crimson Tide will score enough points to push the score over the total.