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Connecticut Huskies vs Maine Black Bears Preview

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Nov 17, 7:00 PM | Gampel Pavilion

Maine Black Bears vs Connecticut Huskies Odds


College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Black Bears of Maine hit the hard court against the Huskies of Connecticut.

The Huskies sit at 2-0 (0-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Black Bears are currently 1-0 (0-0 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Connecticut is 0-1 OU, and Maine is 0-0 OU.

View Maine vs Connecticut Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Huskies sit at No. 13 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Black Bears sit at No. 207 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Black Bears will win this game 138-87.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Connecticut's No. 132 nationally ranked offense (74 points per game) against a Black Bears defense that sits as the No. 18 at 49 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 47.5% from the field, less than the Black Bears have managed so far this season (69.8% on average).

Defensively, Maine features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Connecticut, meanwhile, comes in at No. 153 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Maine, they were a 113-49 winner as they battled Maine-Machias at home. The Black Bears blew out Maine-Machias on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 113-49 win at Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

Connecticut was a 78-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wagner. Connecticut earned a 78-66 victory over Wagner on Monday, getting 21 points from Shabazz Napier at Gampel Pavilion.

Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Coppin State are 4-0
After playing Wagner are 2-0
After a win are 10-0

A few Black Bears at Huskies trends to consider:
Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Maine home to Holy Cross, Sunday, November 27
Connecticut home to Coppin State, Sunday, November 20