Huskies Host Panthers In Friday Night Big East Matchup

By: Matty Simo | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pittsburgh Panthers at Connecticut Huskies
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11/9/2012 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Pitt -4½, O/U 43½
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Television: ESPN

Pitt Panthers: The Panthers (4-5 straight-up, 5-3-1 against the spread) need to finish strong in order to keep their bowl hopes alive and must find a way to rebound from a disappointing 29-26 overtime loss at Notre Dame last week. While they covered their third straight game, they would have won had kicker Kevin Harper just connected on a 33-yard field goal. Harper made field goals from 39 and 21 yards out during regulation time and then added a 41-yarder in the first OT and a 44-yarder in the third OT, but it was the one he missed that cost his team after blowing a 20-6 third-quarter lead. Pitt QB Tino Sunseri completed 19 of 29 passes for 164 yards in the loss while RB Ray Graham totaled 172 yards on 24 carries. The extra sessions enable the game to go "over" for the third time in the team's past four.

UConn Huskies: The Huskies (3-6 SU, 2-5-2 ATS) will be trying to end a four-game losing streak and register their first Big East win at home, where they are 2-2 SU and 1-2-1 ATS this season. UConn has played three of its last four and five of seven on the road, and the team is coming off a tough 13-6 loss at South Florida. The total went "under" for the fourth time in five games, and the Huskies fell to 0-5-1 ATS in their past six. They have failed to score more than 14 points since beating Buffalo 24-17 at home on September 29, scoring just three touchdowns in the last four games combined. UConn plays two of the conference's top teams (Louisville and Cincinnati) in the final two weeks of the season, so this is probably their best shot at getting a league victory the rest of the way.

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