UAB vs Southern Miss Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/14/23
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (25-7) vs. UAB Blazers (25-9)
March 14, 2023 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: UAB Blazers -9 / Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +9 ; Over/Under: 151.5
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the UAB Blazers meet Tuesday in NIT college basketball action from Bartow Arena. Southern Miss is 25-7 overall this year. The Eagles lost to South Alabama in their Sun Belt Tournament matchup. As for UAB, they’re 25-9 overall after a Conference USA Tournament loss to Florida Atlantic. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Southern Miss closed out the regular season on a nice run, going 11-2 over their final 13 outings. After a 2-2 stretch to end the year (losing to South Alabama and Old Dominion), the Golden Eagles got a one-seed in the Sun Belt Tournament.
Matched up against South Alabama in the conference tourney, the Eagles were up 27-26 going into the break. Southern Miss hit a 52-34 deficit from there however and lost 78-61. Denijay Harris doubled on 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Felipe Haase posted 18 points.
Over on the UAB side, their regular season ended with a solid 23-8 record. The Blazers finished off the year with a six-game win streak, then beat Rice 87-60 in the first game of the Conference USA Tournament. UAB followed that up with a 76-69 win over North Texas.
In the Florida Atlantic game back on Saturday, UAB had trouble from the start and took a 46-27 deficit into the break. The Blazers were outscored 32-29 in the second and lost 78-56. Jordan Walker was the team’s high scorer on 18 points in 34 minutes.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably lean toward UAB in this one. It’ll be a fun matchup, though. The Blazers really need a good bounce-back after a rough game versus FAU. UAB shot just 31.7 percent from the field in that one and got out-rebounded 47-30. Still, the Blazers had a nice eight-game win streak going prior to that and were scoring well. As for Southern Miss, they’re a sketchy 3-3 over their last six games with 64 or fewer points in each of the losses. If UAB can control the tempo in this one and maintain form throughout I think they’ll be fine. Should be a competitive game.