After suffering through a stretch that saw No. 19 UConn drop five of its last seven games, the Huskies are hoping to string together another big winning streak as they take on the No. 13 Xavier Musketeers in a key Big East Conference matchup on Wednesday. The Huskies (16-5, 5-5 Big East), who had opened the season 14-0, including 3-0 in conference play, are 11-1 on their home floor. Their only home loss was an 85-74 setback against St. John's on Jan. 15. The Musketeers (16-4, 8-1), who suffered their first Big East loss of the season 73-72 at DePaul on Jan. 18, rebounded with a 95-82 win over Georgetown on Saturday.
The game from Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies are 6.5-point favorites, according to the latest Xavier vs. UConn odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 154 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows junior forward Adama Sanogo continues to power the Huskies, and is averaging 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In the first meeting at Xavier, he scored 18 points and pulled down six boards. He has reached double-digit scoring in each of his last seven games, including one double-double, a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in an 85-74 loss to St. John's on Jan. 15. He has four double-doubles on the season, including a season-high-tying 27 points and 14 rebounds at Butler in a 68-46 win over Dec. 17.
The model also knows five Musketeers average double-digit scoring, led by senior guard Souley Boum. Boum is averaging 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He is connecting on 47.4% of his field goals, including 43% from 3-point range, and is the top foul shooter on the team, connecting on 87.9% of his free throws. He scored 11 points in the first meeting with the Huskies, and has scored in double figures in 18 games. He has one double-double on the year, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in an 88-80 win at Villanova on Jan. 7.
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