The UConn Huskies will battle the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in the Final Four from Houston. #4 seed UConn has cruised through the tournament, blowing teams out left and right. They most recently defeated Gonzaga 82-54 to win the region. Miami is a #5 seed, and they won the region after beating Texas 88-81 in come-from-behind fashion. Now, UConn will receive another test thrown their way with a red-hot Hurricanes squad looking to pull their fourth-straight upset.
Miami Hurricanes vs. UConn Huskies Betting Odds
|Miami||+5.5 (-110)||Over 149.5 (-128)||+200|
|UConn||-5.5 (-110)||Under 149.5 (+104)||-250|
Miami Hurricanes vs. UConn Huskies Match Details
Fixture: Miami Hurricanes @ Connecticut Huskies
Date & Time: Saturday, April 1, 8:49 p.m. EDT
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston TX
Miami Hurricanes vs. UConn Huskies Key Stats
Miami is on a tear right now, and they’ve been shooting lights out from the field. Last game, they shot 59.2% overall against Texas, with Jordan Miller leading the way, scoring 27 points on a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. All five Hurricanes starters scored at least 11 points, including their season’s leading scorer, Isaiah Wong, who averages 16.2 PPG. Miller is right behind him at 15.4 PPG, and overall this is a very efficient team. On defense, Miami is pretty average, and they’ve had some high-scoring affairs in their last few games, a trend that could definitely continue tonight. The Hurricanes went on a four-game losing streak right before the tournament began, and that was due to their defense falling apart. Tonight, they’ll need to figure out how to get stops against the Huskies, who are heavily favored to win it all.
UConn is absolutely dominating at the moment, and their defense has to take a lot of credit. As a unit, they’re shutting down some really prolific scorers, and so far, they’ve won by an average of over 20 points per game. Offensively, big man Adama Sanogo leads the way with 17.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and he just dropped another double-double against Gonzaga, finishing with a stat line of 10 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in 26 minutes of action. In addition to Sanogo, guard Jordan Hawkins chips in with 16,3 points per game, and he’s recorded back-to-back 20-point games entering tonight’s contest.
The Huskies defense has held opponents to under 37% shooting this tournament, and even though they’ll have their hands full with Miami, they’ve already dealt with St. Mary’s, Arkansas, and Gonzaga with ease.
Miami Hurricanes vs. UConn Huskies Betting Prediction
Both schools have not only won four straight but covered four straight by a pretty wide average margin. While both teams excel offensively, UConn is the much better defensive team, which gives them the edge here tonight. Still, we’ve seen Miami storm back in the second half of two of their four games here, so we can’t count them out. The safest bet here is to go with UConn to cover the first-half spread, as Miami may make the game tighter down the stretch if they go on some runs.
Prediction: UConn First Half -3 (-105)
Lucas Abrenica’s NCAA Basketball ATS & ML picks this season are 95-80-3 (+65.4 units)