Connecticut Huskies vs Providence Friars Prediction, 2/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Providence Friars
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: Alumni Hall in Providence, RI
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (+1)
Alumni Hall is the venue where and the Providence Friars (9-10) will play the Connecticut Huskies (8-4) on Wednesday. Connecticut opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 132.
Connecticut heads into this game with a win-loss record of 8-4 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.5 times per game and as a group they commit 18.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Connecticut is pulling in 37.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 153 assists on the campaign, which ranks 298th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Huskies are connecting on 35.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (86 of 241) and 71.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 71.4 points per game (184th in D-1) while connecting on 43.2% from the field. Defensively, the Huskies are able to force 13.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.8 fouls. They rank 22nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 124 surrendered for the season. The Huskies defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.2% (267 of 633) and they relinquish 32.0 boards per contest as a squad. They are giving up 32.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 49th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (64.4).
The Connecticut Huskies faced off with the Seton Hall Pirates and ended up losing by a score of 80-73 in their last game. Connecticut ended having earned a 47.9% field goal percentage (23 out of 48) and converted 6 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies knocked down 21 of 25 tries for a rate of 84.0%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 21 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 9 dimes for the game as well as getting 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, Connecticut allowed 47.9% from the floor on 23 out of 48 shooting. Seton Hall doled out 11 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Pirates snagged 24 boards (8 offensive, 16 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Seton Hall finished 87.1% from the charity stripe by making 27 of 31 shots. They buried 9 out of their 18 attempts from downtown.
R.J. Cole is a guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He ended up with 12 points on 3 out of 7 shooting. He played 32 mins and pulled down 3 rebounds. Cole ended up going 42.9% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Huskies was Adama Sanogo. He collected 2 boards and also had 2 dimes. He finished shooting 62.5% from the field for the matchup by going 5-of-8 (12 points). In all, Sanogo played 22 min.
Providence has a mark of 9-10 for the year. Providence has earned 1,362 pts this season (71.7 per contest) and they average 35.5 rebounds per contest. The Friars have committed 17.3 fouls per game and they connect on 71.9% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Friars are connecting on 43.7% from the floor, which ranks them 210th in Division 1. They are earning an assist 14.3 times per contest (117th in the country) and they turn the ball over 11.7 times per contest. The Friars on defense are ranked 223rd in college basketball in points allowed per game with 71.7. They have forced 11.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (226th in D-1). The Providence defense surrenders 31.0% on 3-pointers (126 of 406) and opponents are connecting on 71.1% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.6 dimes and 35.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 223rd and 198th in D-1.
The last time they took the court, the Providence Friars took a loss by a score of 92-81 against the St. John's Red Storm. The Friars were able to snag 16 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for the matchup. They also turned away 2 attempts while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Red Storm had 19 fouls in this game which took the Friars to the charity stripe for 22 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a rate of 68.2%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Providence buried 8 out of 26 attempts (30.8%). Overall, the Friars went 29 for 62 from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.8%. The Friars permitted the Red Storm to make 34 of their 58 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 58.6% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 52.6% from three-point range via 10 of 19 and finished the contest at 14 out of 16 from the free throw line (87.5%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Providence allowed St. John's to pull down 31 overall (6 offensive).
Nate Watson ended up being a major contributor for the Friars for the matchup. He buried 13 out of 20 for the contest giving him a rate of 65.0%, which earned him 30 points. Watson snagged 8 rebounds in his 35 minutes and tallied 2 assists for the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Providence was Noah Horchler. He ended up walking away with 19 points in 33 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 9 from the floor in this game. Horchler finished going 66.7% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Connecticut (+1)
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