The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to get a statement win against a ranked opponent when they host the Connecticut Huskies in a key nonconference matchup on Wednesday night in Morgantown, W. Va. Under coach Bob Huggins, the Mountaineers (7-1) have 54 wins over ranked teams, and have posted a 171-49 record at the WVU Coliseum during his tenure. The Huskies (8-1), who will be playing their first true road game of the year, defeated Grambling State 88-59 on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. UConn has dominated the series with West Virginia, and holds a 16-6 edge.
The game from Morgantown, W. Va., is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. UConn is averaging 85.9 points per game, while West Virginia averages 72.4. The Mountaineers are two-point favorites in the latest UConn vs. West Virginia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 138. Before making any West Virginia vs. UConn picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- UConn vs. West Virginia spread: West Virginia -2
- UConn vs. West Virginia over-under: 138 points
- CONN: The Huskies are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine Wednesday games
- WVU: The Over is 19-6-1 in the Mountaineers last 26 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600
Why West Virginia can cover
Redshirt senior Taz Sherman has been the catalyst for the Mountaineers' offense this season. He is averaging 21 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, and is connecting on 43.6 percent of his field goals and 86.4 percent of his free throws. He has scored in double figures in all eight games, including four games of 20 or more. He scored a season-high 28 points in an 80-77 win over Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 26, and was the only player on either team in double digits in a 67-51 win over Radford on Saturday. He finished with 27 points and four rebounds.
Sophomore forward Jalen Bridges is also off to a solid start to the season, averaging 8.5 points, five rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He has reached double figures twice this season, including an 18-point, six-rebound and five-block performance against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12. He also scored 11 points and grabbed six boards in an 82-71 loss to Marquette on Nov. 19. Last season, Bridges was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball First Team.
Why UConn can cover
The Huskies have four players averaging in double digits and eight players scoring at least six points. Senior guard R.J. Cole, who began his collegiate career at Howard where he played two seasons, leads Connecticut in scoring at 16.3 points per game and is connecting on 90.7 percent of his foul shots. He is also averaging 4.4 assists, three rebounds and 1.7 steals. Cole opened the season with a 15-point, three-rebound and three-assist effort against Central Connecticut, and had 16 points and six assists vs. Coppin State.
With sophomore forward Adama Sanogo nursing a lower abdominal strain and his availability in question, the Huskies will look for scoring elsewhere. Among those that could help fill the void is redshirt senior Tyler Polley. He is fourth on the team in scoring at 10 points per game and is averaging 2.6 rebounds. Polley was one of five Huskies in double figures in the season-opening win over Central Connecticut with 11 points, and came off the bench to lead UConn in scoring with 17 points in the win over Long Island University on Nov. 17.
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