Dan Hurley and the No. 24 Connecticut Huskies continue their nonconference schedule on Saturday afternoon. UConn (1-0) hosts the Coppin State Eagles in an early tip at XL Center. UConn opened the 2021-22 season with a 51-point win over Central Connecticut on Tuesday. Coppin State (0-3) has been busy in the early going, with three road games against Loyola-Chicago, DePaul and Rider.
Tipoff is set for noon ET in Hartford, Conn. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Huskies as 35-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 146 in the latest UConn vs. Coppin State odds. Before making any Coppin State vs. UConn picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Connecticut vs. Coppin State and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Coppin State vs. Connecticut:
- UConn vs. Coppin State spread: UConn -35
- UConn vs. Coppin State over-under: 146 points
- UConn: The Huskies are 17-7 against the spread in the last 24 games
- Coppin State: The Eagles are 9-14-1 against the spread in the last 22 games
Why UConn can cover
UConn was incredibly dominant in the season-opening win over Central Connecticut. The Huskies shot 61.5 percent from 3-point range and, when the Huskies missed, they grabbed more than half of their missed shots on the offensive glass. Sophomore forward Adama Sanogo led the team with 20 points in the opener, with RJ Cole putting up 15 points of his own.
UConn returns six of the top seven scores from the 2020-21 squad, and the Huskies ranked as a top-30 team in the country in adjusted offense and defensive efficiency last season. On defense, UConn forced a turnover on more than 40 percent of possessions in the opener, and while that isn't a sustainable figure, the Huskies are athletic, physical and capable of creating havoc against Coppin State.
Why Coppin State can cover
Coppin State has strengths on both ends, dating back to the larger sample of the 2020-21 season. The Eagles played at the fastest tempo in college basketball last season, also ranking No. 2 in the nation in free-throw creation rate. Coppin State shot very well on 2-point attempts (51.6 percent) in 2020-21, with UConn ranking as a below-average unit in 2-point shooting allowed. UConn also struggled mightily on the defensive glass last season, which could open the door to second-chance points.
On the other end, Coppin State was above-average in turnover creation rate (20.4 percent) and free-throw prevention last season, also holding opponents to less than 31 percent shooting from 3-point range. UConn was below average in both free-throw creation and prevention last season, which could also play into Coppin State's hands on Saturday.
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