UAB vs. Troy - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Troy Trojans (2-0) at UAB Blazers (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Troy Trojans face off on Thursday in college basketball action.
The UAB Blazers are off to a 1-1 start after dropping their last game to Furman 74-84. UAB is shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and just 28.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Hakeem Baxter leads the Blazers averaging 14.5 points and 27.5 minutes per game. Dirk Williams is averaging 14 points and Chris Coakley and William Lee are each averaging 12.5 points and 5 rebounds per game. UAB demolished Troy by 16 points last season and they are hoping for more of the same here.
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The Troy Trojans are off to a 2-0 start with both wins coming at home. Troy is averaging 102.5 points per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Jordon Vornado is averaging 19 points and 6.5 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Wesley Person is averaging 13 points for Troy, Aaron Ariri is averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Alex Hicks is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Troy will get what is easily their stiffest test thus far in this one.
UAB is 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 home games, 1-4 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games. Troy is 2-7 against the spread in their last 9 road games, 0-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-6 against the spread in their last 6 games.
Losing to Furman isn’t such a bad thing and UAB is still a solid unit and I look for them to bounce back big here.