UAB Blazers (20-12) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Out at Ford Center at the Star on Thursday evening, we’ve got Conference USA Tournament college basketball activity coming between the UAB Blazers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
UAB enters this game with a 20-12 record overall. The Blazers had a rough stretch with seven losses in 11 games, but have righted the proverbial ship with three straight wins—including Wednesday’s tournament game versus FAU.
In that 83-72 Florida Atlantic victory, UAB’s Zack Bryant put up 25 points and six rebounds. Chris Cokley also had a nice game for the Blazers, doubling up on 15 points and eight rebounds with a pair of blocks.
Over on the Western Kentucky side, they’re sitting at 22-9 on the season. The Hilltoppers have lost their last two games, and fell to UAB on Saturday 101-73. In that loss, Western Kentucky’s lead scorer was Justin Johnson with 18 points.
Johnson also leads the Hilltoppers on the season in scoring with 14.9 PPG and 9.4 RPG. Also in double-figures for Western Kentucky are Darius Thompson (14.2 PPG), Tavern Hollingsworth (13.3 PPG), Dwight Coleby (11.7 PPG; 7.9 RPG) and Lamonte Bearden (11.5 PPG).
The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus CUSA. UAB is also 16-35 ATS in their last 51 neutral-site games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. Western Kentucky is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 following an ATS loss and 40-18 ATS in their last 58 neutral-site games.
After a sketchy offensive run, UAB has put up 83 points or more in each of their last three games, and blew out Western Kentucky 101-73 back on Saturday. The season series between these teams is split, though, as the Hilltoppers put up a 77-69 victory on January 18. I’m not thrilled with WKU right now, as they’ve surrendered 183 points across their last two games. I’ll take the Blazers to cover here.