UAB Blazers (19-13) at Western Kentucky (20-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
The Line: UAB Blazers +4 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet in C-USA tournament quarter-finals action in a college basketball matchup from the Ford Center at The Star on Thursday night.
The UAB Blazers booked their spot in the quarters after a 74-69 win over UTSA last time out. Tavin Lovan leads the Blazers in scoring with 13 PPG while Jalen Benjamin has 12.1 PPG and Tyreek Scott-Grayson has 9.9 PPG and a team-high 2.1 APG this season. Makhtar Gueye also has 5.1 RPG for the Blazers this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 67.1 points on 45.3% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 70.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.1 points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into the conference tourney as the #2 seed, finishing the year with a conference record of 13-5, winning out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Louisiana Tech. Taveion Hollingsworth leads WKU in scoring and assists with 16.6 PPG and 2.7 APG while Carson Williams has 14 PPG and 6.6 RPG and Jared Savage has 11.7 PPG and a team-high 7.1 RPG this season. Josh Anderson and Camron Justice each have 10.1 PPG for the Hilltoppers this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 76.6 points on 45.7% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 78.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72 points on 44.1% shooting from the field and 30% from 3-point range this season.
This is one of the harder games on the board for Thursday's card in my opinion as I don't think a huge Western Kentucky win or an outright UAB victory would surprise anyone. However, Western Kentucky's had to play their fair share of close games lately, and while the Hilltoppers have been scoring 81 points per game over their last 5 games, they've also been allowing 79 points per game over that same span. UAB hasn't been scoring as much, but the Blazers are only allowing 68 points per game across their last 5 games and the Blazers have had a game to shake off the rust, which we've seen help a lot of teams against rested higher seeds already in other conference tournaments. I'll take a stab at UAB and the points here.