NCAAB Colorado vs Connecticut College Hoops Odds

Posted by Aaron . on March 16, 2016 in

On Thursday afternoon, the Colorado Buffaloes tangle with the Connecticut Huskies in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Buffaloes (22-11) are the 8th seed in the South bracket and finished the regular season in fifth place in the Pac-12. The Huskies (24-10) might have missed the whole tournament or been in the First Four, but they got an automatic bid as a result of their AAC tournament title. Find out more about the latest college hoops online betting lines soon.

NCAAB Colorado Buffaloes vs Connecticut Huskies College Hoops Odds

When: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 1:30 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
TV: TNT
Radio: UConn IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Connecticut (-3)

Why should you bet on the Buffaloes?

Josh Scott (16.1 points, 8.7 rebounds) is the offensive force for the Buffaloes, and if they hope to beat Connecticut, they need to slow the game down to a halfcourt pace and run plays through him and let him either score or distribute. The Buffs did come in fifth in a tough Pac-12 conference tournament, but they lost in the second round of the conference tournament to Arizona, 82-78. When the Buffaloes have played well, it was because they played the game on their terms and dominated the inside battle.

Why should you put your money on Connecticut?

It was just two years ago that Kevin Ollie led his Connecticut team to a national title — even though they started out as a 7-seed. The Huskies had an amazing run in the AAC tournament, beating Cincinnati in four overtimes (needing a 60-foot prayer by Jalen Adams just to tie things up at the end of the third overtime), and then they beat Temple less than 24 hours later and polished off Memphis in the final. He has a way of coaching teams in tournament play, and putting together that sort of streak will give Connecticut the confidence they need. Amida Brimah, Phil Nolan, Omar Calhoun, Nnamdi Amilo and Kentan Facey were all on the 2014 roster and are still there today. That experience will pay huge dividends.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Connecticut to continue their run of momentum in the first round of the South region. A win would likely put them up against a terrific Kansas team, but Kevin Ollie’s team will put maximum effort forth the whole way now. I’m picking the Huskies to win, 85-77.