NCAA Tournament Odds: All Big East battle in DC

By: SBG Global | Friday, March 18, 2011

The Connecticut Huskies beat the Bearcats Feb. 27 in Cincinnati, 67-59.

Two teams that know each other well meet on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament as 6th-seeded Cincinnati takes on 3rd-seeded Connecticut.  The Huskies have been rolling lately thanks to point guard Kemba Walker who is averaging 25.5 points in his last eight games. The Huskies routed Bucknell on Thursday in the first round while Cincinnati easily handled Missouri.

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Connecticut had no fatigue issues at all on Thursday as they completely destroyed Bucknell, 81-52.  Walker led the way but everyone got involved as the Huskies controlled the game from the opening tip.

Walker had 18 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds to just miss a triple-double.  Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith combined to score 33 points while Alex Oriakhi had 12 rebounds. It will be interesting to see if the fatigue starts to catch up to Connecticut in this game on Saturday.

Cincinnati totally shut down Missouri on Thursday in a 78-63 win. The Bearcats were great defensively as they slowed down the potent Tiger offense.

Forward Yancy Gates had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the college basketball betting season.  Guards Cashmere Wright and Dion Dixon combined for 27 points in the win.

The Huskies beat Cincinnati 67-59 last month and they are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the two teams. Here are more betting stats for Saturday’s games:

  • The Bearcats are 6-1 ATS in their last seven neutral site games.
  • Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in its last eight versus the Big East.
  • The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games as a favorite.
  • UConn is 17-5 ATS in its last 22 neutral site games.

This could be another low-scoring matchup on Saturday between these two Big East teams. They combined for just 126 points in their meeting last month.

The 'over' is 8-1 in the Bearcats' last nine NCAA Tournament games. The 'under' is 13-3 in the Bearcats' last 16 games as an underdog and 9-4 in their last 13 neutral site games.

The 'over' is 8-2 in the Huskies' last 10 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite and 23-9 in their last 32 neutral site games.

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