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Connecticut vs Providence Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Huskies vs Friars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Connecticut Huskies at Providence Friars
  • Where: Providence at Amica Mutual Pavilion
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: Connecticut -5, UCONN -221 | PROV +178 O/U 142.0

Huskies Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Providence, the Connecticut Huskies will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 14-1. So far, the Huskies have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 4-1. This season, Connecticut has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 13-1. For today’s contest, Connecticut have a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

Adama Sanogo comes into today’s game as the Huskies’ leading scorer at 17.8 points per contest. Not only has Sanogo been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Connecticut’s top rebounder at 6.73 boards per contest. Behind Sanogo, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jordan Hawkins who is second on the team in scoring at 14.62 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.8% of his shots and is adding 3.38 boards per game.

On offense, Connecticut is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.16% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Friars Preview:

The Providence will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 7 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-3. Currently, the Friars have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. So far, the Friars have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 15.67 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 9.47 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Devin Carter who is second on the team in scoring at 12.93 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.1% of his shots and is adding 4.27 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Providence Friars +5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Connecticut as the favorites with a line coming in at -5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Providence Friars to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Connecticut at 7.44 made 3’s per game compared to Providence at 7.3. Look for Providence to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Huskies.

 


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