College Hoops Free Pick Tulsa at ConnecticutNoah Williams
The UConn Huskies began the 2014-15 college basketball betting season with sky-high expectations that they make a deep run in the 2015 March Madness tourney while competing for the AAC title. However, they disappointingly lost bets for everyone in several big non-conference games. Do they have what it takes to finish the season strong and become a March Madness bubble team?
Standing in their way on Thursday is the No. 1 team in the AAC at the moment, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Connecticut will face Tulsa on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game will be streamed live on Watch ESPN.
— UConn Men's Hoops (@UConnMBB) February 11, 2015
A Closer Look At My College Hoops Free Pick Tulsa at Connecticut
Former Missouri Tigers coach, Frank Haith’s Golden Hurricane have rolled over opponent after opponent in ACC conference play, but are coming off of their first AAC loss of the season to the SMU Mustangs. Tulsa will need to finish the season with at least 22 or so wins to be a solid lock for a March Madness berth.
Last time these two teams met up, the Golden Hurricane won 66-58 behind 21 points by James Woodard.
Matchup: Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Connecticut Huskies
Date: Feb. 12, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Stadium: XL Center
TV Info: ESPN2
Radio: Tulsa Vs Connecticut
Tulsa Will Cover the Spread If
The Golden Hurricane can play as efficient in this game as they did in the last.
Tulsa was extremely efficient in the last matchup between these two. The Golden Hurricane worked to get an open shot each and every time it was on offense. That’s how Tulsa shot 46.8% from the field when connecting on 22 of 47 shots when they normally shoot only 42.2% from the field.
— Tulsa M Basketball (@TUMBasketball) February 12, 2015
What’s interesting is that Tulsa usually averages 66.4 points per game and they scored 66 points versus Connecticut in the last matchup between the two. They hit their average. The difference for the shooting percentage is that guard James Woodard scored 21 points when going 6 of 12 from the floor, 3 out of 6 from behind the arc, and 6 out of 8 from the free throw line. Woodard will have to have the same type of game again versus the Huskies for Tulsa to cover.
Connecticut Will Cover the Spread If
The Huskies can keep from turning over the ball and Boatright plays well.
Connecticut turned the ball over 14 times in that first matchup versus Tulsa. The Huskies forced only 8 turnovers. So, Connecticut had 6 more turnovers than Tulsa. That could have easily accounted for the 8 points difference in the 66 to 58 score.
The defending NCAA Tournament Champions are 13 and 9 and can’t afford to lose any more games if they hope to have any shot at a chance at defending their title. They don’t have a Shabazz Napier per se, but Ryan Boatright might be able to do a Napier impression. In the first game, Boatright, who averages 17.8 points per game, scored only 8 points. He connected on 3 out of 10 from the field. He was 1 from 5 behind the arc. Boatright will have to be much better against Tulsa this time around for Connecticut to cover the spread.