The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-6, 5-1 AAC) head to UConn to take on the Huskies (10-8, 1-4 AAC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. UConn Huskies ATS Prediction
In the Golden Hurricane’s last game, they blew out the No. 20 Memphis Tigers, 80-40. The Golden Hurricane made 18 of their 25 free throws (72.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.500). Tulsa was led by Jeriah Horne, who was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
The Huskies lost to the No. 25 Houston Cougars in their last contest, 63-59. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Houston’s biggest advantages. They had 34 free throw attempts, while UConn had 23. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Isaiah Whaley put together a solid game for UConn.
After the Golden Hurricane won the only game against the Huskies last season, 89-83, these teams will clash for the first time this year. Tulsa did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (26-36; 72.2 percent). UConn, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (31.8 vs. 16.7).
Points could be at a premium as two of the nation’s top defenses battle. UConn ranks 39th in defensive efficiency (91.6) and Tulsa is 50th (92.6).
Tulsa vs. UConn Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Tulsa, O/U – Under
UConn ranks 19th in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while Tulsa ranks 265th (26.1).
The Huskies rank second in blocks per game (6.7) while the Golden Hurricane rank 158th (2.5).
Tulsa averages 7.9 steals per game, which ranks 48th in the country. UConn ranks 154th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
The Huskies average 38.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 60th in the country. The Golden Hurricane rank 138th in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).
The Golden Hurricane’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 7.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (8.7 above their season average).