Pittsburgh Panthers home to Connecticut Huskies in NCAA Basketball betting action
Connecticut Huskies vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
The visiting Connecticut Huskies hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Petersen Events Center against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Panthers currently sports a 14-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-6 ATS. The Huskies are 12-4 and 4-7-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Panthers produce a 6-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Huskies have gone 5-7 against the number.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Huskies were listed as 9.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers - Huskies odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 52 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Connecticut is at No. 60. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 84-73 win for the Panthers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 78-ranked offense, averaging 72.3 PPG, against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 130 at 64.4 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 49.3% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.
Defensively, Connecticut features the nation's No. 175-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 106 nationally in scoring at home.
Connecticut lost its last outing, a 73-58 result against Louisville on January 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Omar Calhoun scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Huskies to a win (they lost 73-58 to Louisville at Gampel Pavilion on Monday).
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 58-43 winner as they battled Villanova on the road. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. Durand Johnson scored 13 points leading the Panthers to a 58-43 victory over Villanova at Villanova Pavilion on Wednesday.
Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Rutgers are 4-6
After playing Louisville are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Providence are 7-3
After playing Villanova are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Huskies at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Connecticut's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Connecticut's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Connecticut is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Connecticut is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home
Pittsburgh is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Connecticut
Connecticut home to Rutgers, Sunday, January 27
Pittsburgh at Providence, Tuesday, January 22