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UAB vs Temple Basketball Picks 3-17-24

Temple Owls (16-19) vs. UAB Blazers (22-11)
March 17, 2024 3:15 pm EDT
The Line: UAB Blazers -7.5; Over/Under: +138
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The Temple Owls and the UAB Blazers meet Sunday in the college basketball AAC Tournament Championship at the Dickies Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s Temple vs. UAB Prediction.

Temple Team Preview

The Temple Owls come into the conference title game after knocking off FAU 74-73 in the semifinals. Hysier Miller leads the Owls in scoring and assists with 15.4 PPG and 4.1 APG while Jahlil White has 11.2 PPG with 5.9 RPG in 22 games so far this season and Jordan Riley has 12.2 PPG with 5.8 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Temple so far this season. As a team, Temple is averaging 70.9 PPG on 39% shooting from the field, 30.7% from three-point range and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

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UAB Team Preview

The UAB Blazers come into the conference championship after knocking off USF 93-83 in their semifinal game. Yaxel Lendeborg leads the Blazers in scoring and rebounding with 13.9 PPG and 10.5 RPG, averaging a double-double per game. Eric Gaines has 11.9 PPG with a team-high 5.4 APG to lead the Blazers in assists along with 3.8 RPG and Alejandro Vasquez has 10.5 PPG with 3.5 RPG. Efrem Johnson has 10.7 PPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for UAB so far this season. Javian Davis also has 9.4 PPG with 5.8 RPG as well up to this point in the year. As a team, UAB is averaging 77.1 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field, 32.2% from three and 74.8% from the foul line this season.

UAB Blazers Team Facts

  • UAB has won seven of its last eight Conference Tournament games.
  • Seven of UAB’s last eight games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 140+ points.
  • UAB has won the first half in 11 of its last 12 Conference Tournament games.

Temple Owls Team Facts

  • Temple has won each of its last five games.
  • Four of Temple’s last five games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 135 or fewer points.
  • Temple has lost the first half in 13 of its last 15 games against the American Athletic Conference.

Temple vs. UAB Prediction

I’m on the over here. UAB gets whatever they want inside as one of the best two-point shooting teams in the conference and a really good one on the national scale, and that’s what UAB struggles most to defense. On the other side, Temple shoots a lot of threes, and while the percentage isn’t spectacular, UAB’s perimeter defense leaves a lot to be desired. I’ll side with the over as the last meeting between these two teams had 172 points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 138

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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