Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. UAB Blazers - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (7-9) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (12-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take the hardwood at the Thomas Assembly Center to face the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers.
The Alabama-Birmington Blazers are being outscored 70-66 on the season but have really turned up the defensive intensity in CUSA play with a 3-0 start with a high of 57 points allowed. The Blazers are coming off one of their more complete performances in a 70-53 rout of visiting Florida International on Saturday. The Blazers blew the game open with a 42-22 second half with a 43%-41% shooting advantage and 18-10 edge at the stripe carrying the day. Chris Cokley and Robert Brown led a balanced offense with 12 points apiece with Brown posting five yanks. Nick Horton followed with eleven points while Tyler Madison chipped in with eight with ten players scoring overall.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have a top 40 offense that averages nearly 76 points while their defense is more then competent with less then 66 points given up. The Bulldogs are a threat to take it all in the CUSA and have won four in a row following an 84-72 victory at Texas-San Antonio with a 51 points second half burst erasing a one point half time deficit. The Roadrunners were held to 40% from the floor while La Tech fired away at almost 55% including a 12-22 performance from beyond the arc. Raheem Appleby led all scorers with 25 points on 9-16 shooting followed by Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree with 16 points apiece with McCree pulling in nine rebounds. Jacobi Boykins and Michale Kyser netting 13 and eight points respectively with eight players scoring overall.
The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA. UAB are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Bulldogs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Conference USA and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Louisiana Tech are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Louisiana Tech could name their score if they chose but my numbers have the spread about right...