UAB vs. Middle Tennessee - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4) at UAB Blazers (9-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some C-USA college basketball action on Saturday evening, as the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders take on the UAB Blazers.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including an 84-81 loss to Miami in their last outing. Nick King led the team with 28 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds. Antwain Johnson came 2nd with 16 points, and a team-high 4 assists while Giddy Potts and Brandon Walters each added 12 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Blue Raiders. Potts added 4 triples, while Walters went 5 of 6 from the floor. King leads the team with an average of 23.3 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Tyrik Dixon is the team’s top assist man with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee is scoring 77.2 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 75.4% from the foul line this season.
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The UAB Blazers will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 6 of their last 7 games following a 74-57 victory over Mississippi Valley State in their last outing. Jalen Perry led the team with 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of triples with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals. Nick Norton added 4 triples as part of his 14 point night, while Nate Darling added 12 points and a team-high 5 assists. Lewis Sullivan chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds with a pair of blocks to finish off the scoring in double figures for UAB in the win. William Lee added 4 points and 5 blocks as well in the winning effort. Chris Cokley leads the Blazers with an average of 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, while Norton is the team’s top assist man with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UAB is scoring 81.6 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 79.4% from the foul line this season, the 5th-best free throw percentage in the country.
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 conference matchups while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. UAB is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Middle Tennessee is 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings at UAB.
This should be a very entertaining game, as you have the Blue Raiders who are unbeaten ATS on the road, against UAB who are unbeaten at home this season. All in all, I think there’s something to be said for Middle Tennessee’s struggles ATS at UAB, and since this game is a pick ‘em, I’ll back the Blazers to get the job done with a win here.