College Basketball Picks: Connecticut Huskies vs. Memphis Tigers

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 16, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Connecticut Huskies vs. Memphis Tigers

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    The Connecticut Huskies have compiled a 56-40 straight-up record against ranked opponents over the last 10-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks. On Thursday, they prepare to face the Memphis Tigers at the FedExForum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Huskies are 6.5-point road underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds, with no betting total established in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American Athletic Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum.

Connecticut Huskies

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    The Connecticut Huskies avoided a 0-3 start in American Athletic Conference play by picking up a 84-61 victory over the UCF Knights as 11-point home favorites last Saturday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Huskies are 8-9 straight up and 9-8 against the spread in January the last two-plus seasons.

Memphis Tigers

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    The Memphis Tigers have won back-to-back games, including a 79-69 triumph over the Temple Owls as seven-point road favorites last Saturday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Tigers are 56-7 straight up and 35-28 against the spread when laying points.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Connecticut Huskies, as the Memphis Tigers are 18-19 against the spread in their last 37 home games versus lined opposition.

    College Basketball Pick: Connecticut Huskies +6.5

     

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