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College baskeball point spread favors Huskies in battle with Crimson

Harvard CrimsonConnecticut Huskies
Dec 7, 7:00 PM | Gampel Pavilion

Harvard Crimson vs Connecticut Huskies Odds

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Gampel Pavilion will host Connecticut Huskies vs. Harvard Crimson action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Crimson will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 3-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Huskies are 1-3-1 ATS. Harvard is 4-1 against the total, while Connecticut is 2-3 versus the number.

View Harvard vs Connecticut Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Huskies were listed as 9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 107-ranked Huskies and the No. 243-rated Crimson in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-73 win for the Crimson on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Connecticut's No. 150 nationally ranked offense (69.8 points per game) against a Crimson defense that sits as the No. 148 at 64.7 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 42.5% from the field, less than the Crimson have managed so far this season (46.2% on average).

Defensively, Harvard features the nation's No. 148-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.3 points per game. Connecticut, meanwhile, comes in at No. 220 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Harvard, they were a 79-63 winner as they battled Boston College on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. The Crimson got 21 points from Siyani Chambers as Harvard ran past Boston College 79-63 on Tuesday at Conte Forum.

Connecticut was a 69-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina State. They earned a push of the 4-point spread as underdogs. Connecticut got 19 points from Shabazz Napier but lost anyway, 69-65, to North Carolina State on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston University are 6-4
After playing Boston College are 4-3
After a win are 5-5

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing North Carolina State are 1-0
After a loss are 5-5

A few Crimson at Huskies trends to consider:
Harvard is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Harvard is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Connecticut is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Connecticut is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Harvard home to Boston University, Tuesday, December 11
Connecticut home to MD-Eastern Shore, Monday, December 17