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Steve Merrill

(3% play) TULSA Pick (vs. Connecticut)
7:00 pm ET (espn2) #714
Connecticut is 11-4 SU on the season, but the Huskies are not in the best of current form right now. They’ve won five of their last six games, but Connecticut is on an 0-3 ATS slide. The Huskies were in a terrific situational spot for their last home game against Memphis, but they barely survived that game in an 81-78 win. Now the Huskies must take to the road after playing six of their last nine games at home. Connecticut has been playing without their starting center, Amida Brimah, due to a finger injury. His absence has really affected Connecticut’s play on both ends of the court, especially inside the paint. Tulsa has the big guys inside to take advantage of Brimah’s absence.

Tulsa returned all five starters this season, including their top eight players from last year’s 24-win team. Tulsa’s offense is explosive; they are averaging 74 points per game. “We finally bought into Coach Haith’s system and the ball movement has been very good for us,” James Woodard said. “We’re getting a lot of assists off each other and moving off the ball, that’s what they’ve been preaching. It’s hard for teams to guard if everybody’s clicking on all cylinders.” Tulsa’s losses this season have come against strong teams like SMU, Cincinnati, South Carolina, and Oregon State. Connecticut is a notch below those teams, and Tulsa matches-up extremely well with the Huskies. We’ll back Tulsa in this game on Thursday night.

Play TULSA as a 3% play.