Rice Owls (10-4) at UAB Blazers (10-2)
College Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -10 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rice Owls and the UAB Blazers meet Friday in college basketball action from Bartow Arena.
Rice enters this one at 10-4 so far. The Owls are 2-1 in their last three games and coming off a loss to Old Dominion. As for UAB, they’re sitting at 10-2 this year. The Blazers are coming off a loss to Charlotte in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Rice started out their year with a nice four-game win streak before taking a loss to New Mexico. After a win over Houston Baptist and another loss to Sam Houston State, the Owls won three straight before splitting a pair of games versus both UTEP and Old Dominion.
In the 61-58 loss to the Monarchs on Saturday, Rice’s Travis Evee led the team on 14 points with two rebounds and one assist. Riley Abercrombie added 12 points with four boards, and Cavit Havsa chipped in 10 points, two assists and one rebound in 18 minutes of action.
Over on the UAB side, they began the year with a nice seven-game winning streak, culminating in a win over Southern U on December 16. Since then UAB is 3-2 with wins over Southern Miss and Charlotte alongside losses to Chattanooga and Charlotte.
In Saturday’s 70-55 loss to the 49ers, UAB’s leading scorer was Tavin Lovan with 14 points, two assists and three rebounds. The only other Blazers player to finish in double-figures there was Trey Jemison on 10 points with five rebounds in 23 minutes on the floor.
The Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss. The under is 8-1-1 in UAB’s last 10 games overall and 12-3-1 in their last 15 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss. Rice is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven overall and the under is 4-1 in their last five road games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Rice in this one. The Owls only posted a combined 127 points in the two Old Dominion games, but prior to that they’d hit 71 or more in five straight outings. UAB has had some scoring issues as well, and has hit 66 or fewer in four of their last five games. This should be an interesting matchup but I still like Rice better on a tight cover.