UAB vs. UTSA - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UTSA Roadrunners (13-18) at UAB Blazers (18-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
The Line: UAB Blazers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The UTSA Roadrunners and UAB Blazers meet Wednesday in the college basketball C-USA Tournament at the FORD CENTER AT THE STAR.
The UTSA Roadrunners need a win after losing four of their last five games. The UTSA Roadrunners are averaging 77.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 77.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jhivvan Jackson is averaging 27.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while Keaton Wallace is averaging 18.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. Luka Barisic is grabbing 2.9 rebounds and Knox Hellums is dishing 0.9 assists. The UTSA Roadrunners are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The UTSA Roadrunners are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The UTSA Roadrunners have lost three straight non-home games.
The UAB Blazers look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The UAB Blazers are averaging 67.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Tavin Lovan is averaging 13 points and 4.7 rebounds while Jalen Benjamin is averaging 12.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Zack Bryant is the third double-digit scorer and Tyreek Scott-Grayson is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have won four of their last six non-home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The UTSA Roadrunners enter this tournament losing their last five games by an average of 7.2 points while shooting just 37.1 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from deep. The UTSA Roadrunners are also 11-17 against the spread on the season and 4-12 against the spread in non-home games. The UAB Blazers are 4-1 against the spread this season when favorites of less than five points and they win by an average of 4.5 points when favored. UAB has been the more consistent team this season and it's simply difficult to back the UTSA Roadrunners with the way they finished up the regular season. I'll lay the bucket with the Blazers.