UAB Blazers vs. Charlotte 49ers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte 49ers (8-9) at UAB Blazers (8-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte 49ers travel to Bartow Arena to tangle with the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers in CUSA action.
The Charlotte 49ers are just 8-9 on the year but with a little luck could have a few more wins as they have been competitive in defeats. The 49ers score and allow 73 points which tells us which end of the floor is a strength and which needs to tighten up. Charlotte had visions of a third consecutive victory with Rice in town but the Owls prevailed 73-68 in overtime Saturday behind 48% shooting and a 12-34 effort from long range. The 49ers hit at 43.5% and stayed close with 14 offensive rebounds leading to ten more looks but a 7-15 mark at the line in a close game was costly. Torin Dorn scored 16 points and grabbed five boards followed by Willie Clayton and Pierra Henry with 15 points and eight rebounds each with Henry posting five helpers and five steals. Braxton Ogbueze chipped in with eleven points but the rest of the team produced a total of eleven points as well.
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The overall numbers of the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers says the team has been outscored 68-66 which is not surprising given the loss in talent but what they don't say is the Blazers are performing better then those numbers in building a 4-1 conference record. The Blazers shook off a close loss to Louisiana Tech to down Southern Mississippi 63-56 on the road Saturday as they took a five point lead with them in to the break and never gave it up. The Golden Eagles were the better shooting team at 45.5%-40% but UAB mustered more shots, threes and makes at the stripe. Rober Brown gave Alabama-Birmingham 15 points and seven assists with Chris Cokley adding eleven points and seven rebounds. Tyler Madison and Nick Norton followed with seven points each while the entire nine man rotation scored at least four points.
The 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Charlotte are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA. The Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. UAB are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The 49ers have played some good teams tough and some not so good teams close so backing them comes with risk...