FIU vs. UAB - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (24-5) at Florida International Golden Panthers (13-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (FIU Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds
The FIU Golden Panthers and the UAB Blazers face off Thursday in Conference USA college basketball action.
The FIU Golden Panthers are 13-16 this season and they are coming off of a win over FAU that ended a two game losing skid. FIU is averaging 72 points per game and they are shooting 47.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Daviyon Draper leads the Golden Panthers averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Donte McGill is averaging 16 points, Adrian Diaz is averaging 15.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, and Elmo Stephen is averaging 7.4 points. FIU is 7-7 at home and 7-9 in Conference USA.
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The UAB Blazers are 24-5 this season and they have won their last three games and seven of their last eight. UAB is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Chris Cokley leads the Blazers averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Robert Brown is averaging 13.1 points, William Lee is averaging 10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Nick Norton is averaging 9.5 points. UAB is 8-3 on the road and 14-2 in Conference USA.
FIU is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. UAB is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, 6-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 6-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.
This line makes it look like a trap but I will take the bait and go with UAB.