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UConn vs St. Joes betting preview, pick

The UNDER is 13-1 in the past 14 games played by Connecticut as the No. 7 Huskies take on No. 10 Saint Joseph's in East Region betting action at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

UConn was favored by four points in early betting at Bovada. The total meanwhile was 131.5 over at BetDSI.

UConn is 10-5-1 ATS past 16 games while Saint Josephs is 9-2 SU in its past 11 games. Saint Josephs is also 0-3 ATS in its past three first-round games but is a dangerous 10 seed here.

Odds Shark computer pick - 70.3-66.2 UConn Huskies

The Huskies bring a 26-8 record (16-14-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 24-9 Hawks, who are 17-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Connecticut go 10-22 so far and the Hawks go 13-16.

View Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Connecticut Huskies Odds and Stats.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 190-rated Huskies and the No. 78-ranked Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Saint Joseph's, they were a 65-61 winner as they battled Virginia Commonwealth on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. The Hawks got 19 points from Langston Galloway as Saint Joseph's ran past Virginia Commonwealth 65-61 on Sunday at Barclays Center.

In their last action, Connecticut was a 71-61 loser on the road against Louisville. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. DeAndre Daniels scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Huskies to a win (they lost 71-61 to Louisville at FedExForum on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Connecticut's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 71.85 PPG, against a Hawks defense rated No. 73 and allowing 66.94 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 44.84% to date this season, less than the Hawks shooters have managed so far (46.86% per game).

A few Hawks at Huskies trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Saint Joseph's is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Joseph's's last 6 games
Connecticut is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 5 games