Harvard at Connecticut (-6, 129.5) 7:00 ET, ESPN2
Harvard already has made a mark on the college basketball early season, becoming the champions of the Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas, knocking off Utah, then No.22 Florida State and Central Florida in the process. The Crimson brought back every key performer from last season’s team that lost in Ivy League playoff to Princeton, including conference Player of the year Keith Wright. After having limited success at Michigan, coach Tommy Amaker has found a home in Boston and this club playing terrific defense, holding opposing teams to under 40 percent shooting. Harvard is 8-1 ATS after a trio of consecutive non-conference contests.
Connecticut was in that same tournament Bahamas tourney with Harvard, but lost to Central Florida and took third place. The defending national champs are still searching for the right mix despite having a number of players back. Jeremy Lamb, Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier make up a talented backcourt, but Boatright has not always appeared comfortable as the primary ball-handler. Forward Alex Oriakhi has yet to put forth the effort coach Jim Calhoun is looking for and has not been starting. The Huskies cannot be unfocused against this Harvard bunch or they will get beat. UConn is 6-0 ATS at home after three consecutive games as favorite the last three seasons.
ISS Game Predictor – Connecticut by 9
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