UConn Huskies Odds
UConn is home to one of the nation’s most celebrated basketball programs. A founding member of the original Big East conference and frequent at-large pick for March Madness, UConn basketball is a big deal for fans and players alike.
From Ray Allen to Kemba Walker to Jeremy Lamb to Donyell Marshall and Shabazz Napier, not to mention former coach Jim Calhoun, UConn has produced both iconic players and moments over the years.
It’s a big deal at the betting window, too, and you can bet on UConn basketball in a limited fashion at Connecticut sportsbooks.
UConn odds: Big East, Final Four
Check the most recent odds for UConn Huskies men’s basketball below. Connecticut law prohibits betting on the Huskies and other in-state college teams unless the team is taking part in a tournament that involves four or more teams, such as March Madness.
UConn National Championship odds
See below for current National Championship odds for the top D1 teams. Check our full NCAA basketball odds board for more. Click on any odds to go straight to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and start making your bets.
How to bet on UConn basketball online in CT
Connecticut law prohibits most betting on in-state college teams. In the next section, we’ll get into this along with the NCAA betting markets.
The first thing you’ll need to do if you want to bet on an NCAA or pro team is sign up at a Connecticut sportsbook. Head to any of the sites in the above links for a shortcut to do so. When you sign up with a sportsbook, you’ll need to provide some personal information, which they’ll need to verify before you can place any bets. Typically, you’ll need to provide the following details:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of your Social Security number
As far as state laws go, in order to bet, you need to be physically in Connecticut and at least 21 years old.
Upon signing up, you may be able to claim a welcome bonus, either when you create the account or make your first deposit. CT sportsbooks have several payment methods available, like credit or debit cards, PayPal and other e-wallets, bank transfers, and others. Once you have some money in your account, find the NCAA basketball link from the sports list to see the lines and start online sports betting in CT.
UConn basketball betting lines explained
Legal online sportsbooks have nearly the same number of NCAA basketball betting options as they do for the NBA, though there may be limits on certain types of prop bets and betting on in-state college teams.
In Connecticut, for instance, the law prohibits most types of bets on in-state college teams. What does this mean? You can’t place any bets involving individual Huskies games, but you can bet on the team’s performance in a tournament of four or more teams. Examples of this are betting on the winner of the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Basketball National Championship.
Pregame lines refer to bets that you place before a game. Depending on how the betting goes for a given game, the line could move before tipoff. Point spreads, moneylines, and totals are the most common bets here. Here’s what a typical set of NCAAB betting lines might look like at FanDuel Sportsbook CT or on the SugarHouse CT app:
The moneyline odds are in the middle. In that case, you would be betting on one of the teams — UMBC or Princeton — to win the game. If you see odds that are positive, like UMBC, that team is the underdog. Negative odds, as in Princeton’s case, mean that team is the favorite.
If, for example, you were to bet on Princeton at odds of -260, you’d need to place a bet of $26 to win $10, or $260 to win $100, etc. If, on the other hand, you were to bet on UMBC at +210, you would stand to win $21 on a $10 bet, $210 on a $100 bet, etc.
Point spreads are another popular way to bet. With this method, the sportsbook can offer similar odds on each team. In the example above, the spread is at 6.5 points, effectively giving UMBC (the underdog) a 6.5-point head start. What this means is as long as UMBC doesn’t lose by seven points or more, you’ll win your bet. However, if you had bet on Princeton, the Tigers would need to win by seven points or more for you to win your bet.
Lastly, the totals bet is on the right. Like point spreads, the odds are also usually around even money. In this case, the sportsbook has set the line at 153 points. You simply need to bet on whether the two teams will combine to score more or fewer points than 153 in the game.
This type of bet won’t have a winner until farther in the future, such as betting on the winner of the Big East Tournament while the season is still in progress, or even before it starts. In general, futures bets come with decent sports betting odds, because many things tend to need to go your way for you to win. As we mentioned, to bet on the Huskies at a legal Connecticut sportsbook, they need to be part of a tournament with four or more teams.
In NCAA basketball, a prop bet (or proposition bet) is a type of side wager on specific incidents in the game or a player’s performance, which is not directly tied to a game’s end result.
Examples of team prop bets include the first team to score 10 points, the team with the most 3-pointers or the team that gets the most rebounds in a game. Player props might be the number of points or assists a player collects for the game.
Online Connecticut sportsbooks will also allow you to bet on many games after they’ve already started. Games change fast, though, so these odds change along with them — by the minute or even faster.
It’s best to use a CT sportsbook app for live betting, which is conveniently available for all of the state’s legal books. When you watch the odds changing right as the action happens, betting is really transformed into an exciting, adrenaline-pumping experience.
UConn basketball facts and figures
Here are some key facts and figures on UConn basketball:
- Conference: Big East
- Stadium: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
- Major rivalries: Syracuse University Orange, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Baylor Bears
- Conference tournament championships: 10
- National Championships: Four
- Famous players: Rip Hamilton, Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Shabazz Napier, Ray Allen, Ben Gordon
UConn Huskies home games
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is an indoor facility on the University of Connecticut campus. It opened in January 1990 and is the home court of the Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team. The facility was constructed at a cost of $28 million and, in 2017, its roof and ceiling underwent repairs for another $10 million.
The pavilion takes up over 171,000 square feet under the aluminum dome, which consists of 2,200 panels and soars to over 130 feet above the ground. The facility also includes another 39,000 square feet, including a 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool, in the adjoining Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
The capacity expanded to accommodate an additional 1,600 spectators in 1996, making the current max number 9,882 — New England’s and the Northeast region’s largest on-campus basketball arena by capacity.
- Address: 2098 Hillside Road, Storrs, Connecticut
- Owner: State of Connecticut
- Capacity: 9,882 (increased from 8,241 in 1996)
- Opened: January 1990
- Construction cost: $28 million
- Other events hosted: Women’s volleyball, swimming in the adjacent Wolff-Zackin Natatorium pool
UConn Huskies recent NBA draft picks
NBA teams have drafted 47 UConn basketball players since 1947, including 19, or 40%, in the past 20 years alone. Here are some key names:
- James Bouknight
- Daniel Hamilton
- DeAndre Daniels
- Shabazz Napier
- Andre Drummond
- Jeremy Lamb
- Kemba Walker
- Stanley Robinson
- J. Price
- Hasheem Thabeet
- Hilton Armstrong
- Josh Boone
- Denham Brown
- Rudy Gay
- Marcus Williams
- Charlie Villanueva
- Ben Gordon
- Emeka Okafor
- Caron Butler
- Rip Hamilton
The Huskies have enjoyed many proud moments over the years. Highlights include winning the program’s first championship in 1999 against Duke, battling back for a one-point win in 2004 Final Four, and beating Georgia Tech in that year’s championship game. Their other titles came in 2011 and 2014.
UConn basketball coaches
Just before the 1986-87 season, Northeastern head coach Jim Calhoun took over at UConn. The following year, the team was performing very well and made it to the National Invitation Tournament. It defeated Ohio State 72-67 at Madison Square Garden, leading to an NIT win — UConn’s first national basketball title. Calhoun led the team during 1990’s “Dream Season” that brought the Huskies back to the national spotlight when they went from an unranked preseason to becoming first-time winners of the Big East regular season and tournament championships.
The Huskies hosted Syracuse on ESPN over the 1994-95 campaign, during which ESPN color commentator Dick Vitale stated that Storrs, Connecticut, was the “basketball capital of the world” because both the men and women’s teams were undefeated so far that season. This almost lasted for the Huskies, as they beat Syracuse but lost to Kansas.
Under Calhoun’s watch, UConn won five additional Big East regular-season titles and three more Big East Tournaments, in addition to reaching numerous regional finals. In the 1999 NCAA Tournament, the team won the program’s first national title. In 2005, Calhoun was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He eventually announced his retirement in 2012.
Not long after Calhoun retired, Kevin Ollie, a key Huskies player from 1991-95, became the team’s head coach. The team received a postseason ban in his first season due to a low Academic Progress Rate. But, in his second season, the Huskies made it back to the NCAA tournament. In March 2014, Ollie led the team to a Final Four, only the second coach to ever achieve this. The Huskies went on to win the men’s NCAA tournament, making them the first No. 7 seed to do so.
In 2018, UConn fired Ollie for reasons relating to an NCAA program investigation (an arbitrator recently ruled, however, that’s Ollie’s firing was improper and the University was ordered to pay him $11m in compensation). In March of that year, ex-Wagner College and Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley took over as head coach.
Despite a very uncertain 2020-21 season that included three long shutdowns and 10 canceled or postponed games, Hurley still managed to lead the Huskies to the best winning percentage (.652) of his career at UConn and a third-place finish in their returning season to the Big East. He also got them to their first March Madness berth in five years.
UConn basketball all-time leaders and retired numbers
The top three all-time scorers for UConn are as follows:
- Chris Smith, who scored 2,145 points across four seasons from 1988-92.
- Richard Hamilton, who scored 2,036 points across three seasons from 1996-99.
- Tony Hanson, who scored 1,990 points across four seasons from 1973-77.
Kemba Walker is the top player by season, scoring 965 points in 2010-11. As for the top single-game player, it’s Bill Corley, who scored 51 points against New Hampshire during the 1967-68 season.
In December 2018, UConn retired No. 34, worn by Ray Allen. It commemorated this on March 3, 2019, during the team’s final 2018-19 home game. Additionally, the women’s team retired No. 50, worn by Rebecca Lobo, commemorating this during its final home game on March 2, 2019.
At this time, the university stated that number retirement would only occur for past Huskies players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as Allen and Lobo had been.
UConn mascot, fight son & logo
The UConn logo is a husky, and its mascot is a dog named Jonathan the Husky. The college’s fight song is aptly named “UConn Husky” or “Husky Fight Song.” There have traditionally been two Jonathans, though. One is a student dressed up as a husky, and the other is an actual canine.
Jonathan the Husky was chosen as the mascot through a poll conducted in 1935 when students were asked to cast a vote. Since that time, 14 Jonathan dogs have undergone special training to be sure they’re comfortable with loud noises and crowds.
Throughout UConn’s history, each Jonathan has stood out in his own way and has been a beloved and popular feature of the campus. The dogs even have colorful interactions with the animal mascots of other colleges. For example, Jonathan II scared the brown bear mascot of Brown University up a tree, and Jonathan III chased Handsome Dan, Yale’s bulldog, around the Yale Bowl.
How much are UConn tickets?
You can get Huskies basketball season tickets pretty affordably. It requires a donation per seat, which directly helps to fund student-athlete scholarships.
Prices vary, but for some idea, men’s value season tickets start at $113 each, which consists of a $25 per-seat donation plus the $88 ticket cost. Women’s value season tickets start at $70. Note that the lower-level sections of the Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center require a $100 minimum donation to the Husky Athletic Fund.
You’re also able to buy single-game tickets. For example, a Jan. 1, 2022, game started at $13. Single courtside seats go for $198. For more information and to order tickets online, visit: tickets.uconnhuskies.com/basketball/
Where to watch UConn basketball
Most UConn games are available live on local networks or cable stations such as SNY, ESPN, CBS Sports Network, ABC, and FS1.
You can also listen to the game on the radio, via the college’s UConn Sports Network station. For a schedule of games and their coverage, check out uconnhuskies.com/coverage.
The college also offers a platform from which you can stream live sports, including basketball — Huskies All-Access. You can sign up for $6.95 per 24 hours, $10.95 per month, or $79.95 per year. Additionally, some tournaments are available to watch via streaming subscription to FloHoops, but this comes at a price of about $150 per year or $29.99 per month.