UCONN AT PITT
Hasheem Thabeet and company will be looking for revenge when the
Connecticut Huskies step into the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen
Events Center on Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers. UCONN
didnít bring their best effort and Pittsburgh semi-dominated the
perennial contender on their home floor. Pittsburgh is undefeated at
home, and Connecticut hasnít lost on the road, so this should make
for an interesting game. Connecticut can lock up a regular season
Big East title with a win in this game, so look for Calhoun to have
these guys firing on all cylinders.
Connecticutís best win was clearly their dominating show of power on
the road against the Louisville Cardinals, when they beat coach
Pitinoís team by a score of 68-51. The Huskies also romped home to
beat Miami (FL), West Virginia, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and countless
others. These guys are clearly the best in the country right now and
deserve their ranking of #1. The way things are going they should be
the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but they need to take
care of business until then.
The Huskies are 8-3 ATS when playing on the road. Itís almost as if
they play better when not in front of their own fans. On the flip
side, Pittsburgh is an even more impressive 9-3 ATS when playing
with home court advantage. Connecticut has lost 4 out of their last
5 games ATS, and havenít really been making it close. The Panthers
are 3-2 in their last 5 games ATS and have really been on a hot
streak. They will be looking to send their seniors off with a bang,
so that will make them all the more deadly against UCONN.
Excellent wins for the Pittsburgh Panthers include victories over
UCONN, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. They
really seem to dominate teams when playing at home. They
inexplicably dropped a game against the Providence Friars on the
road in February, so they are not unbeatable.
Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet lead a balanced attack for the
Huskies. Both are averaging a double-double with Adrien putting up
13.8 PPG and grabbing 10.0 RPG. Thabeet is good for 13.6 PPG and
10.7 RPG. Their best help comes from fellow starters Jerome Dyson
and AJ Price. Dyson is an excellent guard and has been providing
13.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 3.2 APG. Price is 41% from three point land
can be counted on for 13.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, and 4.6 APG.
Sam Young and Dejuan Blair lead the attack for the Pittsburgh
Panthers. Blair is only a sophomore but is already averaging 15.6
PPG and 12.7 RPG. Clearly this guy is a future lottery pick in the
NBA. Young is a senior and has great skills too. He puts up a
stunning 18.4 PPG and grabs 5.4 RPG. Tyrel Biggs is 41% from three
point land and will take some of the pressure of the top two players
on this team. Jermaine Dixon will also help, as he adds 9.1 PPG on
This game is clearly a heavyweight bout and a clash of the titans.
Whoever wins this event will be carrying momentum into the Big East
Sportsbook.com opened the game Pitt -3.5
while some books currently have the game at -3. We'll take the
Huskies in this one, a very strong play at that, likely winning
straight up and getting their revenge!
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