The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised games for Thursday, Feb. 6 will include an AAC clash between former Big East foes as the UCONN Huskies play at the Cincinnati Bearcats. Right now, the Bearcats are at the top of the conference standings, with Connecticut several spots below, but looking for more big wins to bolster their tournament resume. The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game arrives on Thursday via ESPN sources.
According to a CBS Sports report from Feb. 6, the Bearcats have one of the nation’s longest winning streaks right now, and will look to remain unbeaten in conference play with a win over No. 22-ranked UCONN. Cincinnati, currently ranked No.7 in the nation, hasn’t lost since Dec. 14 and has won 17 straight home games by at least 18.6 points per game. Of note, the Huskies have only lost once in their past eight games, and were able to regain a spot in the Top 25 rankings.
In the American Athletic Conference, Cincinnati is a perfect 10-0, with a 21-2 overall record, while Connecticut is fifth with a 5-3 record and a 17-4 overall record. Three teams are between tonight’s opponents in the conference standings with Louisville, Memphis and SMU all hanging around. However, no other team is undefeated in the conference, giving Cincinnati the look of a potential Final Four team, and maybe even a championship contender.
Bearcats’ player Justin Jackson said of his team’s goals this season and postseason:
"We're not done yet. We want to be on the big stage come March. That's our focus: When we come to March to have a good seed and do what we need to do.''
The Huskies have been a team that has sort of been flying under the radar. Led by guard Shabazz Napier in points, rebounds and assists, some analysts don’t expect the team to go very far in March. They currently are 71st in the nation in both points and field goal percentage, while ranking 103rd overall in rebounding and 147th in assists. It’s believed a lack of inside presence could hurt UCONN against bigger frontcourts when it matters most.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati isn’t exactly leading the nation in any stats categories, ranking a lowly 256th in field goal percentage and just 217th in points per game. Their rebounds sit at just 36.8 per game, while assists are at 12.9 per game, both ranking 101st or lower. Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson have been leading in points and rebounds, while Kilpatrick is also second in assists with 2.3 per game.
While some may contend the team hasn’t won any major games in their stretch, they’ve defeated top division foes in Louisville, SMU and Memphis, along with non-conference opponent Pittsburgh. They’ll now have tonight’s game against UCONN, and then three non-ranked opponents, before a three-game stretch against Louisville, UCONN again and Memphis.
Odds makers have the Bearcats as tonight’s favorites, with a 5 1/2 to 6-point edge to win. The over/under is set at about 128 to 129 points depending on the sports book. In terms of notable injuries, DeAndre Daniels of UCONN is listed as “probable” for tonight’s contest.
Thursday night's UCONN vs. Cincinnati 2014 NCAA basketball game has a start time scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. This game will be televised nationally on ESPN for cable and satellite TV viewers, with standard and hi-definition formats available. The game will also be live streaming online for free at ESPN's broadband sports network, but only for customers of participating cable and satellite companies. See more details here about how to log in to WatchESPN and see this game's live stream tonight.