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UConn MBB Comes Back Home To Face Creighton

UConn Athletic Communications / Jan. 6, 2023STORRS, Conn. – After playing back-to-back games in arguably the two toughest environments for a visiting team in the BIG EAST Conference, the UConn men's basketball team could not be happier to be back home in Gampel Pavilion.The #4 / #5 Huskies (14-2 overall, 3-2 BIG EAST) ran into some difficult times at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati and the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, dropping contests to Xavier and Providence after 14 straight wins to open the se...

UConn Athletic Communications / Jan. 6, 2023

STORRS, Conn. – After playing back-to-back games in arguably the two toughest environments for a visiting team in the BIG EAST Conference, the UConn men's basketball team could not be happier to be back home in Gampel Pavilion.

The #4 / #5 Huskies (14-2 overall, 3-2 BIG EAST) ran into some difficult times at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati and the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, dropping contests to Xavier and Providence after 14 straight wins to open the season.

Saturday, UConn will attempt to get back on track as it plays host to Creighton (9-6, 3-1) at Gampel (12 p.m., FOX). Not that the opponent is any easier – Creighton was the preseason favorite to win the BIG EAST – but at least the venue will help. UConn has won 16 straight games at Gampel Pavilion.

"I'm super excited to get to Gampel," junior Andre Jackson said. "We just played in two tough road facilities, so it's definitely good to be back home. We're looking forward to it for sure."

Jackson said he's hoping the Huskies learned from their losses.

"In sports, you're always going to learn a lesson," Jackson said. "You can't ride the highs and the lows, you've got to find an even keel. You've got to find a way to progress whether you're winning or losing. You can't let wins get into your head and you can't let losses bang you up. It's all about finding growth every single day – focusing on getting better every day.

"A loss humbles you. You look back and see all the things you did wrong. So, you go back to the drawing board and you say, 'OK, we've got to get back to doing this.' A loss is a lot of motivation, it motivates me and I know it motivates the other guys as well." "We know what needs fixing. It's getting back to our identity and we've been fixing that. Now it's a matter of executing it."

A couple of streaks will be on the line Saturday – UConn's 16-game win streak at Gampel, Creighton's current three-game winning streak, and the Bluejays' five-game winning streak against UConn.

"If you make mistakes and lose concentration and focus for a second … this was the team that was the favorite to dominate the league," UConn Coach Dan Hurley said. "Creighton's starting five is as good as any starting five in the country."

Creighton's staring five is led by 7-1 junior Ryan Kalkbrenner, who is second in the country in field goal percentage (.762) and leads the Bluejays in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (7.0). The rest of the starting lineup includes sophomore forward Arthur Kaluma (12.7 ppg), senior guard Baylor Scheierman (12.4), sophomore guard Trey Alexander (12.7) and sophomore point guard Ryan Nembhard (11.5 ppg, 5.8 apg).

"They are back to playing like the team we thought they would be in the preseason," Hurley said.

The Huskies have averaged 67.0 points per game in their last two games after averaging 80.9 ppg for the season and obviously will be looking to get their offense back in gear.

Junior Adama Sanogo still leads UConn in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (6.8), with Jordan Hawkins the only other Husky in double figures (14.6). Jackson, Alex Karaban, and Tristen Newton complete the starting unit. The last two games, UConn's heralded depth has not been in evidence.

"We know what needs fixing. It's getting back to our identity and we've been fixing that," Jackson said. "Now it's a matter of executing it."

College basketball picks: Kentucky-Alabama, Kansas-WVU, Creighton-UConn and more

Every so often, after I do one of these introductions about how this is all just for fun and how I claim no particular betting expertise and how no one should use these picks to justify risking any of their actual money, amid all of the generally nice responses someone leaves a comment that’s like “Well then maybe someone else should write the picks column!” Hmph. The instinct is to get defensive. Someone has been mildly rude to me on the Internet! I must defend myself! Even if I just openly admitted that this is all a sill...

Every so often, after I do one of these introductions about how this is all just for fun and how I claim no particular betting expertise and how no one should use these picks to justify risking any of their actual money, amid all of the generally nice responses someone leaves a comment that’s like “Well then maybe someone else should write the picks column!” Hmph. The instinct is to get defensive. Someone has been mildly rude to me on the Internet! I must defend myself! Even if I just openly admitted that this is all a silly bit for goofs, my ball knowledge has freshly been affronted! Rarr! I demand to be taken seriously!

Then I pick a game like the very last one in today’s column. And then I think maybe that one rude commenter in 30 might have a point.

Anyway, as ever, I have 100 tokens to allocate as I see fit. Let’s GET THAT BREAD Y’ALL etc etc.

Kentucky at Alabama (-5 1/2), 1 p.m., ESPN: Alabama is a national title contender. Kentucky was supposed to be, but very much is not. The Wildcats, instead, have mostly been a mess; 14 games into the season, John Calipari seems no more sure of his best lineup and rotation configurations than he did in July. Whatever combination he plays, Kentucky seems to end up with two few shooters and floor-spacers on, which, pairs like orange juice and toothpaste with an offensive system that still doesn’t seem all that interested in 3-pointers as a concept anyway. (Kentucky is taking 31.3 percent of its field-goal attempts from midrange, compared to 33.4 percent from 3; it shoots just 34.6 percent from midrange but nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. It’s all right there, Cal! This shouldn’t be that hard to figure out!) Alabama, on the other hand, is Alabama: modern to the point of being extreme in approach, with a constant green light, featuring elite talent, in particular Brandon Miller, a 6-foot-9 ballhandling wing who shoots 44.1 percent from 3 and looks like he was made in a lab to play for Nate Oats before immediately graduating to an extremely lucrative NBA career.

Given all of the above, this should be a coronation, the Saturday when Alabama fully and finally laps Kentucky in the basketball-evolutionary marathon. And maybe it will be. But we have suspicions that it won’t be that simple. For all of its stylistic faults, Kentucky has been churning points at a pretty regular clip this season — thank you, Big Oscar — and it is one of the few teams in the country that should actually match up relatively well with Miller, fellow freshman Noah Clowney, and Charles Bediako on the low block, the latter of whom Tshiebwe could fully neutralize. In any case, this is not a bet that Alabama won’t win in Tuscaloosa, simply that Ol’ Cal has something for the Tide such that his team won’t go down without a fight — expressed via a narrow final margin. The pick: 20 on Kentucky.

Kansas (-1 1/2) at West Virginia, 6 p.m. ESPN+: Even a cursory glance at West Virginia’s home results should give you an idea of where we’re leaning here. The Mountaineers are unbeaten in Morgantown in 2022-23, with an average margin of victory of 18.7 points. A lot of that number comes from playing cupcakes, obviously, like everyone else, but the level of performance has nonetheless been impressive — up to and including Dec. 10 against UAB, when the Mountaineers fairly easily covered. Kansas is fantastic, and this isn’t a vote against the Jayhawks, but they are probably due to drop something on the road, close, in Big 12 play at some point here. WVU Coliseum seems as likely a venue as any. The pick: 20 on West Virginia.

Kansas State at Baylor (-6), 6 p.m., ESPN+: So Kansas State appears to be good, huh? In Jerome Tang’s first season the Wildcats are 13-1 and coming off arguably the win of the season at Texas, when their 116 points in 82 possessions (!!) set several modern hoops records for offensive production — made all the more impressive by the road setting and the defensive caliber of the opponent. K-State was unstoppable. But is it sustainable? We’re guessing not. For as good as Markquis Nowell and Keyontae Johnson have been, very little about Kansas State’s holistic offense suggested Tang’s team was about to start setting the nets on fire — this team spent most of December posting very average per-trip offensive outings, all the way back to Dec. 3’s 55 points in 64 possessions at home against Wichita State. A slight regression to the mean feels more likely than not here, which should give Tang’s former program enough space to cover this relatively modest margin. The pick: 20 on Baylor.

Creighton at Connecticut (-6 1/2), noon, FOX: Is Creighton back? The Bluejays had a very impressive early nonconference portion, right up to the moment December started; even their first two losses, in the Maui Invitational title game (81-79 to Arizona) and at Texas (72-67 in Austin) screamed “top 15 team.” Then the wheels fell off. A home loss to Nebraska, neutral-court losses to BYU and Arizona State, a road loss to Marquette. All of a sudden, at 6-6, Creighton fans — at least the one Creighton fan I know — were basically ready to write off the season altogether. The last three games — wins over Butler, DePaul and Seton Hall by a combined margin of 241-182 in exactly 200 combined possessions — have been much more like it. Set aside UConn’s relative struggles in league play so far; playing at Xavier and Providence are a lot different than playing at home. But even if UConn plays well, Creighton feels like it’s underrated enough to make this a value. The pick: 20 on Creighton.

Wisconsin at Illinois (-6 1/2), 1:30 p.m., ESPN2: Earlier this week, a video of Brad Underwood going ballistic in a timeout went semi-viral, and the undertones from Twitter casuals were pretty funny: Wow, look at that, look how crazy that guy is, no wonder Illinois is reeling, who would want to play for him? The only problem? Underwood coaches like that all the time. He has been like that when Illinois has been the best team in the country, and he is like that now, when Illinois is struggling. He will always be like that. If you’re looking for reasons Illinois is falling apart, you can look deeper: The offense has made 28.2 percent from 3 in B1G play so far, and when you combine putrid shooting with Illinois’ usual diet of turnovers, you get bad offensive basketball. Meanwhile, there are big questions about whether this team is all the way together, whether it can band together or continue its current free fall. Those concerns were not helped by freshman guard Skyy Clark’s Friday announcement that he’ll take time away from the team, citing personal reasons. Whatever happens long-term, that’s now how you want to be arriving at a date with Wisconsin. The pick: 10 on Wisconsin.

Georgetown at Marquette (-18 1/2), 2 p.m., FS1: It has not been a good week for Georgetown men’s basketball. This is putting it gently. On Jan. 1, in front of a crowd of dozens at Capital One Arena, the Hoyas lost to a solid-but-rebuilding Butler, 80-51. This tied DePaul’s all-time Big East losing streak of 24 games, just in time for Villanova — 8-7 and ranked No. 54 in KenPom at the moment — to come to downtown D.C. and beat Georgetown 73-57. The fans were mostly rooting for Villanova. Just like that, Georgetown set a historically embarrassing benchmark for Big East behavior. It is as low as the program has ever been — before John Thompson Jr. arrived, or since. The only good news here is that the memes have been extremely funny.

Still, Patrick Ewing persists. Athletic director Lee Reed acknowledged fans’ frustration this week, calling it a “challenging and frustrating” time but reiterating that “no one is more committed” than Ewing to turning Georgetown’s fortunes around. Fans responded with petitions and open letters to the university administration. It’s a dire situation. This makes this the perfect time to bet on Georgetown! What the hell, right? It’s only 10 tokens, and this line is massive. Yes, Marquette’s offense is elite and gorgeous, and Georgetown can’t stop the ball from gently rolling down the floor, but the Hoyas have actually put together some OK performances on the road in Big East of late — they played UConn to an 11-point loss and only lost to DePaul by seven. (Yes, writing that last bit felt crazy. DePaul is not good! But this is where we are.) There’s at least a tiny chance this roster (with maybe a few personnel tweaks, Patrick, yes? Patrick? Hello?) has hit rock bottom and rallies around its coach from here. Swerve! The pick: 10 on Georgetown.

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Adama Sanogo, UConn men's basketball team power past Creighton: 'I take stuff personally'

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateSTORRS — Adama Sanogo was named Big East preseason player of the year. Ryan Kalkbrenner was a little bit miffed about that.In the first head-to-head battle of the season between the big men, Sanogo emerged as the undisputed winner.The 6-foot-9 Sanogo dominated on Saturday with 26 points, many of them on inside spin moves around and even over the 7-1 Kalkbrenner, to lead the ...

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STORRS — Adama Sanogo was named Big East preseason player of the year. Ryan Kalkbrenner was a little bit miffed about that.

In the first head-to-head battle of the season between the big men, Sanogo emerged as the undisputed winner.

The 6-foot-9 Sanogo dominated on Saturday with 26 points, many of them on inside spin moves around and even over the 7-1 Kalkbrenner, to lead the UConn men's basketball team to a 69-60 win over Creighton at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.

Sanogo added eight rebounds for No. 4 UConn (15-2, 4-2 Big East), which had lost two games in a row, at Xavier and at Providence, as well as five in a row to Creighton, dating back to the Huskies' first season back in the Big East in 2020-21.

"It was definitely good to beat a team I haven't beat since I've been here," said junior wing Andre Jackson, "but this year's a different team, a different group of guys. I'm looking forward to playing them again."

That will happen on Feb. 11 in Omaha, Neb.

Of course, UConn has now won 17 straight games inside of Gampel, also dating back to that 2020-21 season.

"Thank you Gampel!," coach Dan Hurley shouted from the postgame press conference podium. "Coming off of playing in two of the tougher environments in the league, it was great to get back in here."

Kalkbrenner finished with a relatively harmless nine points in 32 foul-plagued minutes for Creighton, which fell to 9-7, 3-2.

Sanogo came alive when the Huskies needed him the most on Saturday. UConn led by 11 inside the first minute of the second half, but Creighton pulled off a 14-2 run, during which UConn missed its final six shots, to take a 43-42 lead -- its first since midway through the first half.

Hurley called a timeout, and the Huskies found Sanogo inside to take back a lead they'd never relinquish. Sanogo followed with a spinning baseline move around Kalkbrenner, and with 11:14 left hit a 3-pointer from the wing.

After Creighton's Arthur Kaluma hit a pair of free throws, Sanogo drew Kalkbrenner's third foul and hit one of two free throws. Alex Karaban followed with a second-effort hoop, Donovan Clingan converted a conventional 3-point play, then hit one of two free throws to complete a head-spinning, 14-2 Husky run.

Jordan Hawkins added 17 points for the Huskies and Tristen Newton added 13. Andre Jackson finished with seven points and nine rebounds. Clingan's four points were the only scoring by UConn's bench, though it still bested the three points scored by Creighton's bench.

On a Field of 68 podcast prior to the season, Kalkbrenner was asked about which Big East opponent he's looking forward to playing the most.

"UConn, obviously," he responded. "The teams have had a good rivalry, and obviously they've got Sanogo who they picked as player of the year. I've got to bite my tongue a little bit about my thoughts on that selection. But, definitely looking forward to that game and seeing what people think about player of the year after that."

When told that UConn fans have the Creighton game circled on their calendars, Kalkbrenner said: "If I had never beaten a team and lost to them every single time I've played them, I'd circle that game, too. It's fun to go up against bigs that other people say are good. Me, I don't know about that. Last year, I did really, really (well) against them. I'm just looking to repeat that performance, because that would go a long way toward proving people wrong for that selection."

Sanogo sure had Saturday's game circled on his calendar.

"He did take it personally," Hurley noted. "For us, we don't want our players talking negatively about other teams or other programs. That bothered Adama. I think it bothered everyone. We don't want our guys to build a name for themselves by speaking negatively about others. I'm not gonna lie to you, we looked at the quote, we played the clip (Friday)."

Sanogo concurred.

"If you know me, I take stuff personally," the junior forward said. "So, for him to say stuff like that, coming into this game, I was ready to go."

Midway through the first half, Creighton led 19-16 after a Ryan Nembhard layup, then Sanogo went to work. He sandwiched a pair of nifty spin moves past Kalkbrenner around a fast-break layup off a steal and assist from Hassan Diarra for a personal 6-0 run.

Shortly thereafter, Kalkbrenner picked up his second foul on a moving screen and went to the bench for the rest of the half. UConn outscored the Bluejays 11-7 the rest of the way, capped by a Newton 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the Huskies a 37-29 halftime advantage.

Of course, Sanogo was going to be in "kill-mode" anyway on Saturday, according to Hurley, coming off a pair of "subpar" efforts in the losses at Xavier and Providence.

"He's' been seething the last couple of days. The will of that man. Poke a koala bear or a teddy bear, but poking a grizzly or a Kodiak bear? That's the wrong guy to poke. He's a rare person, in terms of his will and his internal toughness."

Sanogo admitted he's more grizzly than teddy bear.

"I knew I had to be there tonight for my team, because for us to win, I had to play hard," he said. "Coming into the game, I wanted to give everything I've got."

Rim Rattlings

• The Huskies were outrebounded by a resounding 49-34 margin. UConn has been outrebounded in four of its last five contests.

• A host of former UConn basketball (and baseball) players were at the game, including 2014 national champion Terrence Samuel and 1991 graduate Lyman DePriest, as well as former UConn closer Matt Barnes, now a bullpen arm for the Red Sox.

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Creighton at UConn odds, picks and predictions

The Creighton Bluejays (9-6, 3-1 Big East) battle the No. 5 UConn Huskies (14-2, 3-2) Saturday. Tip from Gampel Pavilion is set for noon ET (FOX). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Creighton vs. UConn odds, and make our expert ...

The Creighton Bluejays (9-6, 3-1 Big East) battle the No. 5 UConn Huskies (14-2, 3-2) Saturday. Tip from Gampel Pavilion is set for noon ET (FOX). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Creighton vs. UConn odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Bluejays drilled Seton Hall 83-61 Tuesday, covering as an 8.5-point favorite. They took a 43-22 lead into the half. Creighton is 8-7 against the spread (ATS) this season yet just 2-5 ATS over its last 7 games. Creighton’s strength is offense, ranking 77th in points per game (77.1) and 62nd in field goal percentage (47.2%).

The Huskies, on the other hand, have lost 2 straight games. The first was Dec. 31 in an 83-73 loss at Xavier, and the other was Jan. 4 in a 73-61 beatdown at Providence. UConn is a perfect 9-0 at home and is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games and 10-6 ATS on the season. The Huskies rank 27th in the nation in points per game (80.9). They also rank 30 in opponents’ field goal percentage (39.3%).

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Creighton at UConn picks and predictions

UConn 75, Creighton 67

PASS.

UConn is 9-0 at home. So, while the Bluejays at (+220) could be enticing, I’d still pass here.

LEAN UCONN -6.5 (-115).

UConn has covered 3 of its last 5 at home and has covered its lone home game with a single-digit spread, beating Oklahoma State 74-64 Dec. 1.

UConn has impressive wins, including a 15-point win over Alabama and a 14-point win over Oregon, both on a neutral court. Its recent road woes should be less worrisome as it returns home.

Creighton has struggled ATS lately, just 2-5 over its last 7. It is 3-4 straight up over that span as well. Considering those issues and the Huskies’ strength at home, play UCONN -6.5 (-115).

BET OVER 141.5 (-110).

Creighton is 3-2-1 O/U in its last 6 games and is averaging 77.1 points per game, sitting top 100 in field goal percentage (47.2%) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.3%).

UConn is 10-6 O/U this season and has gone Over in 3 of its last 4 games. It has gone Over in its last 4 home games as well. UConn is averaging 80.9 points per game.

Ultimately, considering the trends for each team, back the OVER 141.5 (-110).

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Creighton vs UConn Odds, Predictions | NCAAB Betting Preview

Creighton vs UConn Odds Creighton Odds Spread Total Moneyline +6.5 -110 141.5 -110o / -110u +250 UConn Odds Spread Total Moneyline -6.5 -110 141.5 -110o / -110u -320 Creighton went on a six-game losing streak, but has bounced back w...

Creighton vs UConn Odds

Creighton Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
+6.5 -110 141.5 -110o / -110u +250
UConn Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
-6.5 -110 141.5 -110o / -110u -320

Creighton went on a six-game losing streak, but has bounced back with three straight conference wins over Butler, DePaul and Seton Hall. It also helps to have Ryan Kalkbrenner — one of the most efficient posts in college basketball — back.

Kalkbrenner will match up with one of the other great posts in the country: Adama Sanogo. The two best players on the floor will cancel each other out, so how else will these teams score?

Both teams are phenomenal on the defensive end, which should keep the under in play for the entirety of the contest.

Creighton may have one of the best posts in the country, but it doesn’t shoot a tremendous amount of 3-pointers. The Bluejays rank 48th in the country in 3-point attempt percentage, with 36.3% of their points coming from beyond the arc.

However, UConn is one of the best teams in the country at defending the arc. The Huskies hold opponents to 28.2% shooting on 3s, so open looks from deep should be few and far between.

Building off of that, Kalkbrenner is shooting over 80% on 2-pointers. This has helped boost Creighton’s efficiency on 2-pointers to 55.6% offensively.

Again, UConn is also good at defending inside. Opponents are shooting only 43.4% against the Huskies.

The only area in which Creighton might be able to exploit UConn is getting to the free-throw line. UConn ranks 341st in free-throw attempt percentage defensively, but Creighton ranks 258th in that metric on offense.

Arthur Kaluma and Trey Alexander each have over 40 free-throw attempts, so these two may make some charity stripe appearances. It should not be too often, though.

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Lastly, Creighton rebounds exceptionally well on defense, holding opponents to 22.5% of offensive rebounds.

UConn boasts a 35.2% offensive rebounding clip, though I expect the Bluejays to limit the Huskies’ second scoring chances.

UConn is also a great defensive rebounding team and is holding opponents to 23.2% on the offensive glass. Creighton doesn’t rebound well on offense (24.5%), so the Bluejays will rarely get second-chance opportunities.

Now, the Huskies also shoot a ton of 3s. They rank 40th in 3-point attempt percentage and shoot 35.4% from outside the perimeter.

Creighton doesn’t perform as well with its perimeter defense. Opponents are shooting nearly 33% on the Bluejays, so UConn will have some more open looks from deep.

Otherwise, UConn primarily resorts to driving and getting fouled. Sanogo, Tristen Newton, Jordan Hawkins and Donovan Clingan all have at least 40 free-throw attempts.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, Creighton ranks first in free-throw attempt percentage on defense. The Bluejays rarely foul, so the Huskies will only get opportunities from deep.

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Kalkbrenner, Sanogo and the other posts in this game should be able to defend one another, and watching these two battle should be a show.

Each team should take away offensive rebounds from the other and neither should make many trips to the free-throw line.

UConn will get some open 3-point looks, but that’s about it on the offensive end. Even though these two teams typically run at a quicker pace, they should play a defensive game.

Take the under in this game from 141.5 to 140.

Pick: Under 141.5 (Play to 140)

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