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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Friday, March 15, 12:00 PM. ET.
The Houston Cougars will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the UConn Huskies in the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament on Friday afternoon.
Huskies Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Huskies have played well over the past week, winning three of their last four games. They will be going for their third win in a row and fourth win in their last five games when they face the Cougars on Friday.
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— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) March 14, 2019
UConn has done a good job offensively, averaging 74.5 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
Jalen Adams leads the way for the Huskies with 16.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Christian Vital is averaging 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Alterique Gilbert is averaging 12.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.
The Huskies have also played well defensively, holding opponents to 70.9 points per game. They gave up 74.6 points per game in their last three games and will need to do a better job if they want to pick up the win on Friday.
Cougars Going For 15th Win In 16 Games
The Cougars did a great job this season and were able to win the AAC regular season title thanks to a 29-2 record. Despite their success, the Cougars will not get one of the number one seeds in the NCAA tournament because of their strength of schedule.
— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@UHCougarMBK) March 14, 2019
They will be going for their third win in a row and 15th win in their last 16 games when they face the Huskies on Friday.
The Cougars won their regular season meeting against the Huskies and will try to get the series sweep with a win on Friday.
Houston has played well offensively, averaging 76.4 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
Corey Davis Jr. le4d the way for the Cougars with 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Armoni Brooks is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Dejon Jarreau is averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
The Cougars have played much better on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 61.6 points per game, which is 10th in the country. They gave up 61 points in their last game and will need to continue playing well on defense to pick up the win on Friday.
- 6-1 ATS last 7 neutral site games.
- 21-8-1 ATS last 30 vs. AAC.
- 8-20-1 ATS last 29 Friday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cougars dominated AAC opponents this season and lost only two games during the regular season. They are coming off a 14-point win over the 20th ranked team in the country and shouldn’t have any problems putting the Huskies away.
Prediction: Houston Cougars
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cougars and Huskies have played over the total in two of their last three meetings and in six of their last 10 meetings. Expect to see both teams put up enough points to go over the total.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Cougars will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Huskies in the first half of their last three games, averaging 33.3 points per game while the Huskies average 31.7 points per game.
Prediction: Houston Cougars
Half-Time Total Bet
The Cougars and Huskies are averaging 65 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.