Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Connecticut Huskies (5-2) face the Maryland Terrapins (7-1) at Madison Square Garden. Action gets underway at 9:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and can be seen on ESP and ES3.
The Huskies easily got past Sacred Heart 82-49 in their last game. Daniel Hamilton was a key piece, recording his third double-double this season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Terrapins are coming off a 96-55 win against Saint Francis in their last game. Robert Carter shot 5 for 7 and led in scoring with 20 points.
Connecticut is a slight one-point underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 140 points.
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The Huskies enter the game with records of 5-2 Straight Up (SU) and 2-1-1 Against The Spread (ATS). Connecticut has consistently been near the top of the nation in terms of field goal percentage, currently ranking 38th in the nation with a FG% of .487. Connecticut has an edge in the rebounding department for this game, where it racks up an average of 41.7 rebounds per game. Connecticut is one of the most disciplined teams in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.54.
As for their opponent, the Terrapins have 7-1 SU and 3-4-1 ATS records. The Terrapins convert their three-pointers at a high percentage, ranking 40th in the nation at .396.
Connecticut and Maryland will be squaring off for the first time this season. In their most recent meeting a season ago, Maryland came out on top, but Maryland still leads the head-to-head record, 2-1 SU. The Terrapins also hold the advantage ATS with a record of 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner – UConn, ATS Winner – UConn, O/U – Over
Connecticut is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games.
The Maryland Terrapins average 80.0 points per game, ranking 77th in the nation. The Connecticut Huskies rank 38th in points allowed with 63.0.
Maryland averages 79.0 points per away game (ranked 39th). Connecticut allows 57.8 points per home game (ranked 39th).
Ranked 26th, the Connecticut Huskies have an offensive rating of 118.0. The Maryland Terrapins rank 123rd with a defensive rating of just 98.1.
Connecticut averages 69.0 possessions per game, scoring 1.180 points on each possession. While Maryland averages fewer possessions per game with 66.5, they score more points per possession with 1.204.
Connecticut has an average effective field goal percentage of 54.8%. Maryland is a winning 2-1 when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage.
On average, Connecticut attempts 21.0 three pointers and Maryland attempts 19.0. Both teams have winning records when they have 20 or more three point attempts. The Connecticut Huskies sit at 4-1 and the Maryland Terrapins are 3-1.
The Connecticut Huskies rank 24th with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.54, while the Maryland Terrapins rank outside the top 100 (132nd) with an A/TO of 1.15.
Connecticut, the 50th-ranked team in rebounding, register an average of 41.7 rebounds per game. Maryland does worse, ranked 318th with 32.6.
The Connecticut Huskies make an average of 5.4 steals per game. When the Maryland Terrapins allow 5 or more steals, they are a winning 4-1.