Florida Atlantic vs. UAB - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (9-5) at Florida Atlantic Owls (6-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (FAU Arena)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some C-USA college basketball action on tap Thursday night, as the UAB Blazers take on the Florida Atlantic Owls.
The UAB Blazers will try to bounce back after having their 3 game winning streak snapped with a 63-60 loss to Middle Tennessee State to open conference play on Saturday. Zack Bryant led the team with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 4 assists, while William Lee added 12 points with a pair of steals. Chris Cokley and Nick Norton each added 11 points to finish off the double digit scoring for the Blazers in the loss, with Cokley adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Norton hit 3 triples. Cokley leads the Blazers with an average of 16.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while Norton leads the team with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, UAB is scoring 80.1 points per game on 48.6% from the field and 35.9% from behind the arc while boasting the 8th-best free throw percentage in the country at 78.7% from the foul line this season.
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The Florida Atlantic Owls will look to notch their first conference win of the year after losing their 4th straight game with a 58-57 loss to FIU in their last outing. Jailyn Ingram, Gerdarius Troutman and Justin Massey all had 12 points to tie for the team-lead as the lone trio of Owls to finish in double figures scoring. Ingram added 3 assists and 3 blocks, while Troutman hit 3 triples and Massey added 6 boards. William Pfister added 4 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Anthony Adger added a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals with his 8 points. Troutman leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game while Adger leads the way with 3 assists per game and Ronald Delph leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Florida Atlantic is scoring 73.5 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the arc and 73.2% from the foul line this season.
UAB is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall. Florida Atlantic is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the over is 10-2-1 in their last 13 games following a loss. The home team is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I have no doubts that UAB is the better team and will probably come out with a road win. However, getting this many points at home in a matchup that’s been dominated by the home team over the years in an absolute gift and I think the Owls are more than capable of keeping this one respectable despite their recent struggles, so I’ll take FAU and the points here.