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Connecticut Huskies vs Houston Cougars Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Houston CougarsConnecticut Huskies
11-9January 30, 2014, 09:00 | Gampel Pavilion16-4

The Connecticut Huskies host Houston on Thursday, looking to build on their 16-4 mark against the 11-9 Cougars in college hoops action at Gampel Pavilion.

This season, the Huskies are 16-4 overall and 8-9-1 ATS, while the Cougars are 11-9 and 8-7 ATS. As for the totals, Connecticut boasts a 9-8-1 on the OU, and Houston is 4-11.

View Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Huskies installed as -14-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 269-rated Houston taking on the No. 30-rated Huskies in this contest.

Houston was a 75-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Southern Methodist. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars got 22 points from Danuel House, but it was Southern Methodist that prevailed in a 75-68 final on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Last time out for Connecticut, they were an 82-71 winner as they battled Rutgers on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. The Huskies got a terrific 26-point effort from Shabazz Napier as Connecticut defeated Rutgers 82-71 on Saturday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Connecticut's No. 64-ranked scoring average of 75.9 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 118 and allowing 69.1 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 46.64% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (45.12% per game).

A few Cougars at Huskies trends to consider:
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Connecticut's last 5 games
Connecticut is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Rutgers, Saturday, February 1st
Connecticut at Cincinnati, Thursday, February 6th