UAB vs. Marshall - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UAB vs. Marshall - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Thundering Herd (14-14) at UAB Blazers (16-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

The Line: UAB Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 138

TV: ESPN3

The Marshall Thundering Herd in the UAB Blazers meet in C-USA college basketball action from Bartow Arena on Thursday night.

The Marshall Thundering Herd will try to leap into the top spots of the C-USA table, sitting at 8-7 in conference play after a 74-66 win over Old Dominion last time out. Taevion Kinsey leads Marshall in scoring and assists with 15.9 PPG and 4 APG while Jarrod West has 14.5 PPG and Iran Bennet has a team-high 5.5 RPG this season. As a team, Marshall is averaging 74.5 points on 43.9% shooting from the field, 30.1% from 3-point range and 64.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.9 points on 40.2% shooting from the field and 32.5% from 3-point range this season. Marshall is 4-8 straight up and 7-5 against the spread on the road this season.

The UAB Blazers will try to pull even with Marshall, sitting right behind at 7-8 in conference play after a 65-58 loss to FAU last time out. Tavin Lovan leads the Blazers in scoring and assists with 12.7 PPG and 2 APG while Jalen Benjamin also has 12.7 PPG and Zack Bryant has 11 PPG this season. Makhtar Gueye leads UAB with 5.2 RPG this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 66.5 points on 45.3% shooting from the field, 32.2% from 3-point range and 69.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.6 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 33% from 3-point range this season. UAB is 9-6 straight up and 5-8 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The home team has had the bulk of the success between these two teams, so getting UAB with a free bucket at home is tempting. But UAB’s lost 4 of their last 5 home games and Marshall’s been playing the better ball across their last five games, outscoring teams by 5.4 points in that stretch. I just think Marshall’s the team in a better position here, so I’ll take a shot with Marshall and the free bucket here.

Chris’s Pick Marshall +2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.