Against the Spread Pick
Things are not turning around quickly for UConn. They are just 1-3 in the AAC this season but at least they are playing some of the good teams close, they pushed Wichita State to OT last week. Christian Vital is now a senior and his game has plateaued. For the third season in a row he is averaging 14ppg, which is nice, but below the standard of top Huskies of the past. They need more from him if they are going to step up at all this season. Houston was supposed to take a big step back from the success of the past two seasons but right now they are atop the AAC. They just did a number on Wichita State over the weekend and have been on a rice run going 8-2 ATS of late. They lack the star power of the last couple of seasons but this team does not have any significant weaknesses. Take the Cougars at home.
Over Under Pick
The Cougars O/U record is even at 9-9. They are not a bad defensive team but they are not quite as stingy as they have been. Still, coach Kelvin Sampson is more than happy to grind and UConn does not have a lot of great scoring options. Houston has gone under in three straight and I think we can count on that streak extending in this one.