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Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. UAB Blazers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

UAB Blazers (12-6) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Reynolds Center)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the UAB Blazers face off on Saturday in Conference USA college basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have started their CUSA schedule by going 4-1 and they are tied for first place in the conference standings. Tulsa is 7-2 at home this season but they are 4-10 against teams with a RPI better than 200. James Woodard leads the Golden Hurricane averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Rashad Smith is averaging 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, Shaquille Harrison is averaging 10.3 points, and Patrick Swilling Jr. is averaging 8.6 points. Tulsa is averaging 73.5 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Tulsa has played the 47th ranked schedule in the country.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. UAB Blazers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

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The UAB Blazers have lost their last two games and are 1-3 in CUSA play thus far this year. UAB is 2-5 away from home this season and they have played the 194th ranked schedule. Chad Frazier leads the Blazers averaging 17.5 points per game. C.J. Washington is averaging 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds, Rod Rucker is averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Fahro Alihodzic is averaging 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. UAB is averaging 76.2 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. UAB is in 13th place in the conference standings.

Tulsa is 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, 15-5-1 against the spread against CUSA, and 5-2 against the spread following a win. UAB is 8-17 against the spread in their last 25 road games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 1-8 against the spread in their last nine CUSA games. UAB has covered the point spread in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.

I see UAB’s rebounding allowing them to at least keep it close enough for a cover and they could do even better than that. 

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