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While there are only two ranked teams in action on the Thursday night college basketball slate, the No. 9 Houston Cougars are one of just three remaining one-loss teams in the country this season. 

And the Cougars are putting this near-perfect record on the line as 8.5-point road favorites against a struggling UConn team in Hartford, via FanDuel SportsbookHowever, if you're considering a bet on this matchup, you might want to take a look at what other voices around the industry are predicting in this game first. 

UConn vs Houston Basketball Prediction

Sports Chat Place

The folks at Sports Chat Place certainly are worried by Houston facing nearly a double-digit line to cover on the road. Although, they're rolling with the Cougars to continue their hot streak of covering the spread as the away team this season and coming out of Hartford with a commanding win by eight or more points.

Falepa Martin

Similar to the opinion from Sports Chat Place, Falepa Martin of Cappers Picks believes the Cougars will see little resistance from the Huskies on Thursday night. Falepa is predicting Houston to both cover 8.5 points on the spread and win by nearly double that margin. 

Derek Patrick

Derek Patrick of The Spread supports what appears to be one of the fewer predictions taking UConn plus eight points at home against the visiting Cougars. Patrick also placed a lot of stock in the fact that UConn has been hot in its last four games, which he predicts will carry over to a finish within eight points of No. 9 Houston. 

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

Even though a handful of the previous predictions favor the Cougars by a wide margin, ESPN's BPI calculator only gives the Cougars a 63.7 percent chance of winning by any margin, let alone nine or more points. 

Overall, three of our four highlighted predictions for the Houston-UConn matchup prefer the Cougars, with the fourth backing the Huskies plus eight points. 

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