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NCAA hoops odds preview - Connecticut vs. DePaul

Connecticut HuskiesDePaul Blue Demons
Feb 23, 8:00 PM | Allstate Arena

Connecticut Huskies vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds

18-7TEAM RECORD11-15

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Connecticut when they take on the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Huskies will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 10-10-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blue Demons are 12-11 ATS. Connecticut is 11-10 against the total, while DePaul is 12-10 versus the number.

View Connecticut vs DePaul Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Blue Demons installed as 4-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Blue Demons, most recently No. 170 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Huskies, who rate No. 75 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 76-70 victory for the Huskies.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Huskies rank No. 279 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.3 per game. That compares with DePaul’s No. 109 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where DePaul is college basketball's No. 284-ranked team at 5 per game, while the Huskies rate No. 142 with 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Connecticut features the nation's No. 209-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. DePaul, meanwhile, comes in at No. 97 nationally in scoring at home.

Connecticut was a 73-66 winner in its last match at home against Cincinnati. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Connecticut got 27 points from Shabazz Napier en route to a 73-66 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday at Gampel Pavilion.

DePaul lost its last outing, a 90-66 result against Georgetown on February 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 13-point underdog. DePaul was run off the court by the Hoyas on Wednesday as Georgetown routed them 90-66 at Verizon Center.

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Georgetown are 8-2
After playing Cincinnati are 6-3
After a win are 6-4

DePaul Blue Demons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Louisville are 3-7
After playing Georgetown are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Huskies at Blue Demons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Connecticut's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of DePaul's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of DePaul's last 5 games when playing Connecticut
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of DePaul's last 7 games at home
DePaul is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Connecticut home to Georgetown, Wednesday, February 27
DePaul home to Louisville, Wednesday, February 27