The UAB Blazers and North Texas Mean Green meet Thursday in the college basketball NIT Final at the Orleans Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The UAB Blazers are averaging 82.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Jordan Walker is averaging 22.3 points and 2.9 rebounds, while Eric Gaines is averaging 11.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. KJ Buffen is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Jemison is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game.
The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 63.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 55.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Tylor Perry is averaging 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Kai Huntsberry is averaging 12 points and 3.2 assists. Abou Ousmane is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Scott is dishing 1.1 assists. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mean Green are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The over is 40-19-1 in Blazers last 60 overall. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The UAB Blazers beat North Texas earlier this month, and they're the more explosive team with the best player on the court. The North Texas Mean Green are 2-3 ATS as an underdog this season, where they lose by an average of 4.8 points. We're laying just one bucket. With Walker leading the way, I'll side with UAB.