The American Athletic Conference Tournament showdown between the Tulane Green Wave (12-18, 4-14 AAC) and the UConn Huskies (19-12, 10-8 AAC) will take place at Dickies Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Tulane Green Wave vs. UConn Huskies Odds Preview
These two teams have met twice already this season, with the Huskies winning both. Tyler Polley put up 19 points and 11 rebounds in the most recent matchup, in which the Huskies topped the Green Wave 80-76. UConn out-rebounded Tulane. The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (21 vs. 10), defensive rebounds (20 vs. 17) and total rebounds (41 vs. 27).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Green Wave, it’s been Teshaun Hightower, who has averaged 19 points,5.2 rebounds,2.6 steals, while the Huskies have gotten great contributions from Christian Vital (23 points,5.8 rebounds,3.2 steals).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, UConn figures to have a substantial edge. The Huskies defense ranks 53rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464), while the Tulane offense is ranked 278th in effective field goal percentage (0.478). Furthermore, the Green Wave rank 58th in turnover percentage (17.1 percent), while the Huskies rank 43rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.2 percent).
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The Huskies rank fourth in blocks per game (6.0) while the Green Wave rank 181st (2.5).
Tulane averages 8.5 steals per game, which ranks 18th in the NCAA. UConn ranks 175th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
UConn ranks 14th in three pointers allowed per game (16.9) while Tulane ranks 259th (24.4).
The Huskies rank 61st in rebounds per game (37.9) while the Green Wave rank 289th (30.9).
UConn ranks 84th in assists allowed per game (11.7) while Tulane ranks 266th (16.1).
The Huskies’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.8, up from 5.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Green Wave have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (2.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.4 points per game (1.5 above their season average).