The UConn Huskies and Central Connecticut Blue Devils are set to match up for the first game of the 2021-22 season on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies will hope to have a repeat of this same matchup from last year’s opening night — defeating the Blue Devils 102-75.
UConn comes in as the No. 24-ranked team in college basketball after finishing third (15-8, 11-6) in the Big East a year ago. Head coach Dan Hurley lost James Bouknight to the NBA, but still has a sharp unit returning for the new campaign.
Central Connecticut finished the 2020-21 season ninth in the NEC (5-16, 5-13), and look to have better success under new head coach Patrick Sellers. The program hasn’t had a winning season in a little over a decade. Facing UConn this early should present a positive challenge.
How to watch UConn vs. Central Connecticut
Spread: UConn -32.5
Central Connecticut +32.5
UConn rightfully a heavy favorite and they should be able to easily handle business against a five-win team from last year that’s breaking in a new head coach. However, 31.5 is a bit steep for a young team starting a new season who has to adjust to like without James Bouknight. Take the Blue Devils to cover.
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