Connecticut Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 12/8/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
The West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) will try to beat the Connecticut Huskies (8-1) at WVU Coliseum on Wednesday.
The Connecticut Huskies stepped onto the hardwood against Grambling and walked away with a win by a score of 88-59 in their last contest. Connecticut ended the contest with a 42.3% field goal percentage (30 of 71) and made 10 of 27 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Huskies made 18 of their 26 shots for a rate of 69.2%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 44 with 20 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 18 assists in the game in addition to creating 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When it comes to the defense, Connecticut allowed the other team to go 39.6% from the field on 21 out of 53 shooting. Grambling recorded 14 assists and had 3 steals for this game. Furthermore, Grambling totaled 26 boards (6 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Grambling finished the game shooting 70.6% when shooting free throws by converting 12 of 17 attempts. They knocked down 5 out of their 12 shots from long range. With respect to fouls, the Huskies ended up with 16 and Grambling had 21 fouls.
R.J. Cole is a guy who was a major contributor in this game. He finished the game at 28.6% from the field and dished out 7 dimes. He was on the court for 27 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 4 out of 14 shooting.
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Connecticut enters this contest with a record of 8-1 this year. They are averaging 85.9 pts per game (9th in the nation) while hitting 45.2% from the field. The Huskies are shooting 37.9% on shots from downtown (74 of 195) and 75.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Connecticut is pulling down 44.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 143 dimes for the season, which ranks 40th in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per game and as a group they commit 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on the defensive end, the Huskies have forced 17.6 turnovers every game and they draw 19.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 112th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 91 relinquished this year. The Huskies defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 37.2% (194 of 522) and they surrender 34.0 boards per contest as a group. They surrender 31.4% on 3-pointers while they are 68th in college hoops in PPG allowed (62.6).
The last time they took the court, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home victorious with a score of 67-51 when they faced Radford. The Mountaineers were able to pull down 22 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 13 steals for the game. Radford committed 15 personal fouls in the game which got the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw tries for a clip of 71.4%. In reference to 3-point attempts, West Virginia converted 5 of 20 tries (25.0%). Overall, the Mountaineers ended up shooting 26 for 63 from the field which had them shooting 41.3%. The Mountaineers permitted Radford to knock down 20 out of 50 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.0% for this game. They went 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 6 out of 18 and ended up shooting 5 out of 13 at the free throw line (38.5%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, West Virginia allowed Radford to pull down 31 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Taz Sherman ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers for the contest. He buried 9 of 17 for this game for a rate of 52.9%, and totaled 4 rebounds. He earned 27 points in his 29 mins of playing time and added 2 dimes for the game.
West Virginia has a win-loss record of 7-1 so far this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Mountaineers are shooting 45.3% from the field, which has them ranked 145th in the nation. West Virginia has scored 579 pts on the year (72.4 per contest) and they pull in 32.9 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 12.3 times per contest (240th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.4 times per game. The Mountaineers commit 16.1 personal fouls per game and they hit 64.5% from the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers on the defensive side of the court are 75th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 63.0. They are able to force 19.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the floor (287th in college basketball). The West Virginia defense gives up 34.4% on shots from 3-point land (55 of 160) and their opponents are connecting on 63.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 13.3 dimes and 34.5 boards every game, which ranks them 236th and 173rd in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take West Virginia
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