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Bearcats open as college hoops underdog vs Huskies

Cincinnati BearcatsConnecticut Huskies
24-4March 01, 2014, 12:00 | Gampel Pavilion22-6

Gampel Pavilion will host Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Supporters of the Bearcats have watched them go 24-4 and 11-10-1 ATS on the year, while the Huskies are at 22-6 and 13-11-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Huskies are 10-16, while the Bearcats have a 5-17 mark.

View Cincinnati Bearcats vs Connecticut Huskies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Connecticut sat as -5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 28-rated Cincinnati taking on the No. 5-rated Huskies in this contest.

Cincinnati was a 58-57 loser in its last match at home against Louisville. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Sean Kilpatrick went off for 28 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Louisville handed Cincinnati a 58-57 defeat at Fifth Third Arena.

In their last action, Connecticut was a 61-56 winner on the road against South Florida. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Shabazz Napier scored 17 points leading the Huskies to a 61-56 victory over South Florida at Sun Dome on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Connecticut's No. 66 nationally ranked offense (74.43 points per game) against a Bearcats defense that sits as the No. 4 at 57.43 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 45.45% from the field, more than the Bearcats have managed so far this season (42.76% on average).

A few Bearcats at Huskies trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cincinnati's last 15 games
Cincinnati is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Connecticut is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Connecticut's last 8 games
Connecticut is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Memphis, Thursday, March 6th
Connecticut at Rutgers, Wednesday, March 5th