The UTEP Miners and UAB Blazers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Bartow Arena. The UTEP Miners look for their ninth win. The UAB Blazers look for their 11th win.
The UTEP Miners are averaging 70.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tae Hardy is averaging 12.8 points and 3 rebounds, while Mario McKinney Jr. is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Otis Frazier III is grabbing 3 rebounds and Shamar Givance is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game.
The UAB Blazers are averaging 86.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jordan Walker is averaging 24.6 points and 2.7 rebounds, while Eric Gaines is averaging 11.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. KJ Buffen is the third double-digit scorer and Ledarrius Brewer is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game.
The Miners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Blazers are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Miners last 8 overall. The over is 26-7-1 in Blazers last 34 overall. The underdog is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The UAB Blazers have simply been the better team this season, and they've been a buzz saw in these spots, where they win in the favorite role by an average of 16.8 points. The UTEP Miners don't shoot the ball well enough to hang with the big boys, and they've been getting blasted on the road. I'll lay the points with UAB.