UConn vs St. Joes betting preview, pick
The UNDER is 13-1 in the past 14 games played by Connecticut as the No. 7 Huskies take on No. 10 Saint Joseph's in East Region betting action at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
UConn is 10-5-1 ATS past 16 games while Saint Josephs is 9-2 SU in its past 11 games. Saint Josephs is also 0-3 ATS in its past three first-round games but is a dangerous 10 seed here.
Odds Shark computer pick - 70.3-66.2 UConn Huskies
The Huskies bring a 26-8 record (16-14-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 24-9 Hawks, who are 17-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Connecticut go 10-22 so far and the Hawks go 13-16.
It's a betting matchup between the No. 190-rated Huskies and the No. 78-ranked Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.
Last time out for Saint Joseph's, they were a 65-61 winner as they battled Virginia Commonwealth on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. The Hawks got 19 points from Langston Galloway as Saint Joseph's ran past Virginia Commonwealth 65-61 on Sunday at Barclays Center.
In their last action, Connecticut was a 71-61 loser on the road against Louisville. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. DeAndre Daniels scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Huskies to a win (they lost 71-61 to Louisville at FedExForum on Saturday).
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Connecticut's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 71.85 PPG, against a Hawks defense rated No. 73 and allowing 66.94 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 44.84% to date this season, less than the Hawks shooters have managed so far (46.86% per game).
A few Hawks at Huskies trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Saint Joseph's is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Joseph's's last 6 games
Connecticut is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 5 games