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UAB vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 11/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-0) at UAB Blazers (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

The Line: UAB Blazers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and UAB Blazers square off Saturday at the Bartow Arena.

Given where the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks were a few seasons ago, a 10-17 record last year was considered a major success. Now, the Warhawks look to take another step forward with an experienced roster that’s led by Tylor Ongwae. Ongwae does a little bit of everything for Louisiana-Monroe, as he was first in scoring, second in rebounding and averaged a steal per game. With another season under the belt of Marvin Williams, the senior center will have plenty of chances to post consistent double doubles and be that physical body in the paint the Warhawks desperately need. Chinedu Amajoyi is another senior who could have his best season to date. Overall, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are still going to take its licks in the Sun Belt but will be a lot more competitive than they ever dreamed of being a few years ago.

UAB vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 11/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UAB Blazers held their own last season with an 18-13 record but will have some retooling to do with some of their key players gone. UAB loses its leading scorer in Chad Frazier and leading rebounder in Rod Rucker, leaving senior C.J. Washington to pick up the pieces. Last season, Washington shot a solid 48.2 percent from the field, averaging 13 points and nearly seven rebounds. The UAB Blazers went from being an experienced team to one of the younger teams in the Sun Belt and will have some growing pains to go through. Tosin Mehinti is one of the many sophomores who will have a chance to have a breakout season. Freshman Nick Norton is another player to watch due to his ability to shoot the ball.  

The Warhawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. 

We're getting the more experienced team and a truckload of points. I'll bite. UAB has a ton of experience to replace and will be counting on many youngsters who haven't played a lot. Meanwhile, Louisiana-Monroe returns a ton of its guys and has possibly the best overall player on the floor in Tylor Ongwae. Give me the Warhawks here. 

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