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UAB vs. Middle Tennessee - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4) at UAB Blazers (10-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

The Line: UAB Blazers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ASN

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and UAB Blazers meet Sunday afternoon at the Bartow Arena.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 69.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 40 percent shooting. Giddy Potts is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while Reggie Upshaw is averaging 13.8 points and 1.8 assists. Darnell Harris is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Perrin Buford is dishing 1.3 assists. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. Middle Tennessee is allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

UAB vs. Middle Tennessee - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UAB Blazers look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The UAB Blazers are averaging 74.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Chris Cokley is averaging 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Robert Brown is averaging 12.2 points and 3.6 assists. William Lee is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Nick Norton is dishing 5.2 assists. The UAB Blazers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. UAB is allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The UAB Blazers have won 16 straight home games.

The Blue Raiders are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blazers are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 vs. Conference USA and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games. The Blue Raiders are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in UAB and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

UAB is playing some great basketball right now and hasn't lost a home game in quite some time. The Blazers also have the advantage in the paint in this contest. I see the Blazers covering this reasonable number with not much of an issue. 

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UAB Blazers -5

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