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The No. 11 Houston Cougars get their first taste of action in the AAC Conference Tournament against a streaky UConn Huskies team this Friday afternoon. The Cougars are 10.5-point favorites over the Huskies, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're looking to place a bet on Friday's AAC Tournament showdown, it's always smart to see what some industry expert have to say about it first. 

Houston vs UConn Predictions 

Cappers Picks

The staff at Cappers Picks likes the Cougars to handle UConn, 83-70, and win straight up and cover the 10.5-point spread. They believe Houston's rest and preparation heading into this matchup as the No. 1 seed in the AAC Tournament will be the deciding factor over a UConn team that's playing its third game in six days. 

Scores & Stats

The Scores & Stats staff are predicting Houston to win this one by double digits, 78-68, but not by quite enough to cover that 10.5-point spread. They think Houston's top-10 scoring defense is simply too much for the Huskies to overcome on Friday afternoon. 

Sports Chat Place

Sports Chat Place is calling for the Cougars to win this battle straight up, but also think the Huskies will keep the final score within 10 points to cover the spread. They also cite the lone regular-season matchup between these two teams, which ended 71-63 in Houston's favor, as another reason why UConn can cover 10-plus points against this Cougars team. 

ESPN Basketball Power Index Calculator

ESPN's BPI certainly doesn't love the Huskies' chances in this one, giving Houston a convincing 88.2 percent shot to beating UConn straight up and advancing to the next round of the AAC Tournament.

Overall, it's a clean sweep for Houston straight up and a two-to-one spread-bet advantage for UConn.

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