Colorado vs UConn March Madness R64 Betting Guide

Posted by Henry Watkins on Wednesday,March 16, 2016 1:04, EST in

Anyone who has watched the NCAA basketball tournament over the years knows that fortunes can change in a matter of moments, with buzzer beaters taking a team from out of the tournament to staying alive to fight another day. The Connecticut Huskies have had some practice with that before the Tournament even begins, as they avoided heading to the NIT by the very barest of margins. The Huskies head into the Tournament in the South region, where they find themselves ranked in the #9 spot, right behind their first round opponents, the Colorado Buffaloes. It is the 8 versus 9 game that is generally always the toughest to handicap, as there is often very little separating the two teams involved. It is often some last second dramatics that throw up a winner in these games, which is all part of the magic of March Madness. We know that there are a lot of games to wager on in the tournament, but we believe this is one you should have a real look at if you want to find some March Madness betting value.

How To Bet The Colorado Vs UConn R64 March Madness Odds, TV & Game Info

What: Connecticut Huskies (24-10) at Colorado Buffaloes (22-11)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 1:30 PM ET
Where: Des Moines, Iowa
Stadium: Wells Fargo Arena
Spread: UConn -3.5
Moneyline: UConn -188
Game Total: 134.5
Watch: TNT
Stream: TNT Sports
Radio: UConn

Why bet on the Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffaloes (22-11, 10-8) did very well to come out of what was a very competitive Pac 12 Conference this year. They had a number of big wins over the course of the regular season, and gave Arizona all that that they could handle in the Conference playoffs. If Colorado are to move on to the round of 32, they are going to have to get their rebounding game into high gear, as that is an area where the Huskies have struggled all season long. The Buffaloes do not have a great history in the Tournament, and you have to go all the way back to 2012 to find the last time they won a game in the big dance. Colorado are averaging 76.0 PPG, and are giving up 70.7 PPG.

Why bet on the Connecticut Huskies

It’s not really a major surprise to see UConn (23-10, 11-7) in the Tournament once again, but how they got there is already the stuff of legend. They had to win the American Conference Championship in order to get in, but they looked dead and buried against Cincinnati before Jalen Adams sunk a stunning 3-pointer to save the season. The Huskies went on to beat the Bearcats in a game for the ages, and you have to think that some of the momentum gained there is going to carry over into this game. The Huskies have been a little Jekyll and Hyde this season, but when they are on their game, they are incredibly tough to beat. UConn are averaging 73.5 PPG, and are giving up 63.2 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

You can talk about momentum and playoff experience when discussing how this game is going to go, but I think it’s going to come down to who wins the defensive battle. If that is indeed how it goes, then my money is on Connecticut to advance.

Colorado Buffaloes 69 Connecticut Huskies 73