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College Basketball Matchup - Connecticut Huskies Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds Preview

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsConnecticut Huskies
Jan 27, 2:00 PM | Gampel Pavilion

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Connecticut Huskies Odds

12-6TEAM RECORD12-5

The Connecticut Huskies will try to cover the spread at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday when they get a visit from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in NCAA basketball action.

The Huskies are 12-5 so far on the season, and 5-7-1 ATS vs. the number. The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, are 12-6 and 8-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Connecticut go 6-7 and the Scarlet Knights go 6-6 on the totals.

View Rutgers vs Connecticut Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Huskies installed as 9.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Huskies at No. 86 and the Scarlet Knights at No. 76 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-70 result in favor of the Huskies.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Scarlet Knights is ranked No. 145 in NCAA hoops at 35.8 per game. Contrast that with Connecticut’s No. 292 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Connecticut is the No. 226-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Rutgers rates No. 300 at 4.7 per game.

Defensively, Rutgers features the nation's No. 175-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Connecticut, meanwhile, comes in at No. 155 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were a 72-60 loser as they battled St. John's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. The Scarlet Knights endured a 72-60 loss at the hands of the Red Storm on Wednesday, despite a 17-point effort from Myles Mack at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Connecticut lost its last outing, a 69-61 result against Pittsburgh on January 19. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. The Huskies endured a 69-61 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Ryan Boatright at Petersen Events Center.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 2-8
After playing St. John's are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Providence are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Scarlet Knights at Huskies trends to consider:
Rutgers is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Connecticut
Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Rutgers
Connecticut is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Rutgers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Connecticut's last 7 games when playing Rutgers
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Rutgers at Cincinnati, Wednesday, January 30
Connecticut at Providence, Thursday, January 31