Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (5-4) at UAB Blazers (7-1)
College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -16 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the UAB Blazers meet Friday in college basketball action from Bartow Arena.
Southern Miss enters this one at 5-4 so far. The Eagles had a four-game win streak snapped by UTEP in their last game. As for UAB, they’re sitting at 7-1 so far. The Blazers are coming off a tough 3-point loss to Chattanooga in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Southern Miss opened up the year at 1-3 with losses to Jacksonville, Tulane and South Alabama. The Eagles rolled after that with wins over Lamar, LA-Monroe, Loyola and UTEP. That winning streak came to a halt on Saturday however; Southern Miss lost to UTEP 77-62.
In the loss to the Miners, Southern Miss’ Jaron Pierre led the way on 15 points with three rebounds and one assist. Tyler Stevenson was the only other Eagles player in double-figures there, notching 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes.
Over on the UAB side, they came into the 2020-21 college basketball season on a tear, winning their first seven outings. Those victories came courtesy of Alcorn State, SE Louisiana, Kennesaw State, Troy, Tuskegee, East Tennessee State and Southern U.
The Blazers suffered their first loss in their last game December 19, falling 69-66 to Chattanooga. In the defeat, UAB’s top scorer was Michael Ertel with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Jalen Benjamin added 14 points and one rebound in 21 minutes, and Trey Jemison pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds with eight points and two assists.
The Blazers are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Friday games. UAB is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall and the under is 7-1 in the last eight Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record. The under is 4-0 in Southern Miss’ last four road games and 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
PICK: I’m going with Southern Miss here. Over their last six games, the Eagles have posted some pretty good scoring totals, notching 74 or more in three of those. Sure, there have been some offensive duds as well, but generally Southern Miss has a pretty good defense in a comparable matchup. UAB is coming off a long layoff and may take some time to gel on the court again—especially after the bad outing in their loss. I think there’s enough room for the Eagles to get in there.