UAB Blazers vs. South Florida Bulls - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Florida Bulls (2-0) at UAB Blazers (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Florida Bulls look to stay unbeaten when they oppose the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers.
The naysayers will claim that the 2-0 start of the South Florida Bulls hasn't come against the toughest competition but this team needs wins and confidence. The Bulls improved to 2-0 following a 73-64 victory over visiting Jackson State although the numbers say the margin of victory should have beem bigger. USF sank shots at over 52% and held the Tigers to 39% but 20 turnovers and 19 more Jackson State shots kept things close. The Bulls received a game high 21 points and ten rebounds from Chris Perry with Corey Allen Jr. adding 17. Jaleel Cousins, Nehemias Morillo and Anthony Collins each contributed nine points piece with the starters scoring all but eight points.
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I was surprised when UAB dropped their opener to Louisiana-Monroe and probably equally surprised when they defeated Young Harris College 94-81 because I thought the margin would have been much larger. The Blazers led the shooting battle 47.5%-40% but struggled to defend the perimeter with the Mountain Lions hitting 13-28 from long range. The Blazers did run the floor and light up the scoreboard with five double digit scorers led a 19 point, five yank effort from Tosin Mehinti with CJ Washington adding 18 points and seven pulls. Tyler Madison checked in with 15 points and six pulls while Chris Cokley amd Nick Norton conbined for 23 points with Cokley posting nine rebounds and Norton handing out eight assists.
USF are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall with the under going 44-21 in USF last 65 road games and is 54-26-1 in USF last 81 overall. For UAB the Blazers are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 Thu. games. I'm not thrilled with what I've seen from either team so I can't say with confidence to back either. What I do know is Alabama-Birmingham has talent and if it comes together here they will cover...