Florida International vs. UAB - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (10-5) at Florida International Golden Panthers (7-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (FIU Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +8.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers will travel to FIU Arena to take on the FIU Golden Panthers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UAB Blazers improved to 10-5 (1-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the FAU Owls, 75-44, this past Thursday. UAB had little trouble with FAU and pulled away for the win after taking a 59-35 lead with 7:13 left in regulation. UAB shot 54.4% from the field while holding FAU to just 29.5% shooting from the field and 13.0% (3-23) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Blazers was Chris Cokley who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, UAB is averaging 79.7 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Blazers are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UAB has been led by Chris Cokley (17.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Zack Bryant (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg), Nate Darling (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Jalen Perry (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, UAB is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Blazers have a rebound margin of 8.5 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
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The FIU Golden Panthers dropped to 7-8 (1-1 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 71-66 in OT, this past Thursday. FIU was outstanding on the defensive end against the favored Blue Raiders, however, couldn’t secure the victory in OT after Middle Tennessee ended the overtime period on a 13-5 run. FIU shot 44.6% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was Eric Lockett who had a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, FIU is averaging 72.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Trejon Jacob (16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 spg), Brian Beard Jr. (15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 3.5 spg), Eric Lockett (14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Willy Nunez Jr. (10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg). Defensively, FIU is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Golden Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, are just 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 home games.
The UAB Blazers has won 4 of their last 5 games and have one of the more talented rosters in the C-USA as the Blazers rank 70th in scoring offense, 31st in FG%, 48th in scoring defense, and 59th in defensive FG%. FIU has lost 4 of their last 6 games and has been led by their defense that ranks 134th in scoring defense, 34th in steals per game, and 22nd in turnover margin. FIU has to come into this matchup with some confidence, however, I really like what this UAB team has shown over the past few weeks and I think the Blazers offense does enough to get a double-digit victory on the road.