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West Virginia Mountaineers host Connecticut Huskies in college basketball action

Connecticut HuskiesWest Virginia Mountaineers
March 7, 12:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

Connecticut Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds

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The West Virginia Mountaineers battle Connecticut on Wednesday, looking to end the Huskies' 2012 run in college hoops action in the Big East tournament.

This is a conference playoff game in the Big East Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Madison Square Garden. UConn won their first round game and are threatening to extend their run, much like they did a year ago as the ninth seed in the Big East.

West Virginia battles the Huskies, currently sitting with a 19-12 mark (10-15-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 16-12 for the Mountaineers and 13-14 for the Huskies.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 16-rated Connecticut taking on the No. 15-rated Mountaineers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-73 win for the Mountaineers on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits West Virginia's No. 86-ranked offense, averaging 71.8 PPG, against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 96 at 64.2 PPG. The Mountaineers field goal percentage has averaged 44.5% so far, less than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Connecticut owns the country's No. 109-rated mark, allowing 67.6 points per game on the highway. West Virginia, on the other hand, rates No. 69 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Connecticut, they were an 81-67 winner as they battled DePaul on the road. They covered in the match as a 10-point favorite. The Blue Demons endured an 81-67 loss at the hands of the Huskies on Tuesday, despite a 19-point effort from Cleveland Melvin at Madison Square Garden.

West Virginia won its last outing, a 50-44 result against South Florida on March 3. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. West Virginia got 18 points from Kevin Jones en route to a 50-44 victory over South Florida on Saturday at Sun Dome.