- UConn is a 2.5-point favorite at home on Saturday in a Big East game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs
- UConn has not played since Jan. 26 because of postponements related to COVID-19
- A look at the odds, lines and spread for Seton Hall-UConn can be found below with a prediction
UConn returns to action following a 10-day break when its hosts Seton Hall at 12 p.m. Saturday in a Big East game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
After having games postponed by COVID-19 protocols since its 63-51 victory over Butler at home on Jan. 26 as a 5.5-point favorite, UConn is 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big East. The Huskies have also been profitable to bettors this season with a 9-2 record against the spread.
Seton Hall (10-8, 7-5) used a strong second half to win at Providence 60-43 on Wednesday as 2.5-point favorites.
Seton Hall vs UConn Odds
|Seton Hall||+116||+2.5 (-118)||N/A|
Odds taken Feb. 5 from FanDuel
Martin Steps Up for UConn
Junior guard Tyrese Martin has taken over the brunt of the load for UConn during the five games leading scorer James Bouknight has missed while recovering from elbow surgery.
Against Butler, Martin had 20 points to lead the Huskies. The transfer from Rhode Island is scoring 15.8 points a game since Bouknight was injured, raising his season average to 11.9. Martin scored just 8.2 points a game in five games before Bouknight got hurt but had his moments.
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Martin is more than just a scorer, though. He is also averaging 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game.
Bouknight continues to make progress in his rehab but is not expected back until at least Feb. 16 when UConn played Providence. He has a 20.3 scoring average and is accounting for 30.2% of the Huskies’ shots and 31.3% of their possessions.
Another transfer, junior guard R.J. Cole, has averages of 10.9 points and 4.1 assists after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Howard. Cole has averaged 12.4 points since the loss of Bouknight.
Senior forward Isaiah Whaley is blocking 2.8 shots a game and had seven rejections against Butler. He can also attack the rim.
— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) January 27, 2021
Senior forward Tyler Polley has just three turnovers in 208 minutes.
Seton Hall Back on Track
Seton Hall used a dominant second half to beat Providence and end its three-game losing streak. The Pirates trailed 25-22 at halftime but outscored the Friars 38-18 in the second half.
Senior forward Sandro Mamukelashvili scored a game-high 20 points. It marked the eighth time he reached that mark in 18 games this season.
— Seton Hall Men's Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) February 4, 2021
Mamukelashvili leads Seton Hall with a 17.7 scoring average. He is also grabbing 7.1 rebounds and dishing out 3.2 assists a game while accounting for 28.5% of the Pirates’ possessions.
Senior wing Myles Cale had 19 points, his third-highest total of the season. That lifted his season average to 12.5.
Seton Hall won despite getting a season-low two points from junior wing Jared Rhoden, who made just 1 of 8 field goal attempts. He is averaging 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Senior guard Shavar Reynolds Jr. facilitates the offense. He is averaging 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 87.5% on free throw attempts.
— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) February 4, 2021
Old Foes Reunite
This will be the first meeting for Seton Hall and UConn since 2013. The Huskies moved from the Big East to the American Athletic Conference the following season before returning this season. UConn won 12 of its last 13 games against Seton Hall before heading to the AAC.
Look for Seton Hall to turn the table against a rusty UConn squad in what should be a close game.
Pick: Seton Hall +2.5 (-118)
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