Connecticut at Arizona College Basketball Picks & Predictions 12/21/2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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The Connecticut Huskies travel to McKale Center to play the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The opening line for this game has Arizona as 16 point favorites.
Connecticut comes into this game with an overall record of 7-3. They currently have a point differential of 0.3 as they are averaging 71.8 points per game while giving up 71.5 per contest. Arizona has an overall record of 9-3. They are averaging 84.3 points per game and surrendering 72.1, good for a point differential of 12.3.
Valuable Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies are 1-6 against the spread this season
The Connecticut Huskies are 4-3 against the over/under this year
Important Arizona Wildcats Betting Trends
The Arizona Wildcats are 4-7 against the spread this season
The Arizona Wildcats are 7-3 against the over/under this year
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
12/20/17 G Alterique Gilbert Shoulder is "?" Thursday vs Arizona
11/07/17 G Sidney Wilson Eligibility is out indefinitely
Key Arizona Wildcats Injuries
12/20/17 G Allonzo Trier Knee is "?" Thursday vs Connecticut
Terry Larrier averages 15.6 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.6 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%. Jalen Adams averages 19.2 points per game while playing 37.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 57% while his free throw percentage is at 69%.
DeAndre Ayton averages 20.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.8 rebounds per contest and 1.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 62% and his free throw percentage is 71%. Allonzo Trier averages 21.7 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 57% and his free throw percentage is at 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Huskies allow 71.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 168th in the nation. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 157th and 225th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.2 rebounds a game which ranks 193rd, and they give up 12.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 128th place in the country. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 185th in college basketball. Connecticut averages 71.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 254th in Division 1. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team, which has them ranked 318th. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 297th in D-1. They average 37.4 rebounds per game and 10.0 assists per game, which ranks them 131st and 346th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 217th with 13.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Wildcats surrender 72.1 points per contest, which ranks them 182nd in the country. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 137th and 219th in those defensive statistics. They rank 223rd with 13.9 assists allowed per contest, and 11th with 29.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Wildcats are 61st in the nation in forcing turnovers with 12.3 per game this season. Arizona is 31st in Division 1 with 84.3 points per game this year. They are 4th in the country in shooting at 52%, while their average scoring margin is 12.3. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 60th in the nation. They are 138th in college basketball in rebounding with 37.3 boards per game and 81st in assists per contest with 15.8. The Wildcats are 301st in turnovers per game with 11.8.
The Huskies are 258th in the nation in offensive rating with 100, and their defensive rating of 99.6 is ranked 168th. In terms of pace they are 220th in the country with 70.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 316th. As a team they are 290th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 174th in Division 1. Connecticut is 223rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 189th in the nation.
Arizona is 292nd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 138th in Division 1. The Wildcats are 205th in the nation in defensive rating with 101.8, and their offensive rating of 119.1 is ranked 14th. They are 219th in D-1 in pace with 70.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 58% is 15th. As a unit they are 12th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 62% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 291st in the country.
Who will win tonight's Connecticut/Arizona college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Arizona -16
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