UAB vs. LSU - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU Tigers (7-2) at UAB Blazers (4-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The LSU Tigers and UAB Blazers play Thursday night at the Bartow Arena.
The LSU Tigers have won four straight and play their second true road game. On the season, LSU is averaging 74.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Jordan Mickey is averaging 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds while Jarell Martin is averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds. Keith Hornsby is grabbing five rebounds and Tim Quarterman is shooting 47.4 percent from the field. The LSU Tigers have been a surprise team in the SEC this season and it starts with the 41.2 rebounds and nearly five blocks per game. The Tigers are a long and physical team that’s also knocking down 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, LSU is forcing 13.6 turnovers and holding teams to 31.2 percent shooting from deep. Josh Gray is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.
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The UAB Blazers have lost four of their last six games and quickly sinking in the C-USA. On the season, UAB is averaging 63.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Robert Brown is averaging 12.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting and C.J. Washington is averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Tosin Mehinti is grabbing four rebounds per game and Tyler Madison is shooting 53 percent from the field. The UAB Blazers are also a long team that’s averaging 35.1 rebounds and producing 5.1 blocks per game. However, UAB has just one double-digit scorer and is shooting 29.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, UAB is forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and holding teams to 31.4 percent shooting from deep.
The Tigers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Conference USA and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blazers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Southeastern and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
UAB doesn't have the athletes to compete with LSU at both ends of the court, especially on the offensive end. Look for the Tigers to win and cover the tiny spread.