The South Florida Bulls (11-15, 4-9 AAC) head to UConn to take on the Huskies (14-12, 5-8 AAC) in a game that has the potential to be low-scoring. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
South Florida Bulls at UConn Huskies Free Prediction
The last time the Bulls played, they were defeated by the Wichita State Shockers, 65-55. Wichita State made good use of their 26 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 21 of them (80.8 percent). South Florida, meanwhile, was just 9-16 (56.3 percent). Laquincy Rideau was South Florida’s high scorer with 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
The Huskies fell to the Temple Owls in their last contest, 93-89. One of Temple’s largest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They made 35 trips to the line, while UConn went 20 times. UConn’s Isaiah Whaley had 18 points and 14 rebounds in the game.
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Rideau scored a game-high 17 points in the first game, in which the Bulls beat the Huskies 75-60. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. The Bulls made 21 of their 29 free throws (72.4 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.3 vs. 20.0).
Baskets could be hard to come by as a pair of the nation’s top defenses go head-to-head. UConn ranks 44th in defensive efficiency (94.0) and South Florida is 53rd (94.6). Ball security could be troublesome for the Bulls. They rank 344th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 22.8 percent), while the Huskies force the 42nd-most turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.4 percent).
South Florida vs. UConn Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – UConn, O/U – Over
UConn ranks second in blocks per game (6.3) while South Florida ranks 201st (2.0).
The Huskies rank 49th in rebounds per game (38.5) while the Bulls rank 229th (33.6).
South Florida ranks 50th in steals per game (7.7) while UConn ranks 187th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Huskies rank 167th in assists per game (12.8) while the Bulls rank 277th (9.8).
UConn ranks 13th in three pointers allowed per game (17.1) while South Florida ranks 94th (20.2).
The Bulls have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, South Florida has defeated opponents by an average of 0.2 points.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 74.4 points per game (5.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (7.9 above their season average).