The first of possibly three meetings between Pitt and UConn goes to...the defense. Look for the Under to cash Monday night when the Huskies play host to the Panthers.
If you’re looking for lots of points or run-&-gun offenses, replay last night’s NBA All-Star game because you're not going to find it here. This matchup of Big-East “Super Powers” figures to be low-scoring and decided by defense.
The Huskies are 15-5 to the Under this season, 10-3 to the low side in conference play, and 14-3 to the Under when facing a team with a winning record. The Huskies are also on Under runs of 6-1 (last seven) and 7-3 (last 10).
The low numbers continue in head-to-head meetings. The Under is 7-3 in the last 10 series meetings.
U-Conn is first in the nation in rebounding margin (11.5 per game), third in the nation in field goal percentage allowed at 37.3 and 23rd in three-point defense.
Both of last season's meetings failed to crack the 120-point mark. I don’t see that much has changed this season. Pitt can score (78 PPG) but U-Conn can defend like no one’s business (60 PPG). The line looks about right for this game.
Look for another low scoring game. My advice: Plunder the Under.
Free Pick: Pittsburgh-Connecticut Under 136 (-110)