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Southern Mississippi vs. UAB - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UAB Blazers (16-11) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (13-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers and Southern Miss Golden Eagles meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Reed Green Coliseum.

The UAB Blazers could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The UAB Blazers are averaging 75.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Chris Cokley is averaging 18.1 points and 9.3 rebounds while Zack Bryant is averaging 12.8 points and three assists. Nate Darling is dishing 2.8 assists and William Lee is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have lost four of their last five road games.

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Southern Mississippi vs. UAB - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are averaging 72.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Tyree Griffin is averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 rebounds while Cortez Edwards is averaging 15.7 points and 2.8 assists. Dominic Magee is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Holland is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have won five of their last seven home games.

The Blazers are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Conference USA and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss. The underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings, the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

UAB has won the last six meetings against Southern Miss, which includes an 11 point win last month. The UAB Blazers are a consistent offensive team that's shooting nearly 49 percent on the season and 47 percent on the road. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles can struggle big time on the defensive end and have allowed no less than 78 points in the last four meetings against UAB. While I usually side with the home team in pick em spots, it's hard not to back the UAB Blazers in this contest. 

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