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Louisiana Tech vs. UAB - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UAB at Louisiana Tech
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Thomas Assembly Center
Ruston, LA
The Line
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -6 -- Over/Under: 138.5
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Peter G. Aiken

The UAB Blazers and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet in C-USA conference college basketball action from Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night.

The UAB Blazers will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 84-65 win over FIU in their last outing. Lewis Sullivan led the Blazers with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 8 rebounds while Tavin Lovan added 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting in 19 minutes on the floor. Jalen Perry added 13 points with a pair of threes and a pair of steals and Makhtar Gueye added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting with 6 rebounds while Zack Bryant added 11 points and a team-high 6 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for UAB in the win. Jeremiah Bell added 3 points but pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and 4 assists as well in the winning effort. Bryant leads the Blazers with an average of 12.9 points and 3.8 assists per game while Sullivan leads the Blazers in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 71.4 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 65.3% from the foul line this season.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 78-66 loss to Rice in their last outing. Daquan Bracey led the Bulldogs with 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes while JaColby Pemberton added 15 points and Ra’Shawn Livingston contributed 13 points. Anthony Duruji chipped in 10 points and a team-high 6 rebounds with a pair of blocks to finish off the foursome of double-digit scorers for Louisiana Tech in the defeat. Amorie Archibald added 6 rebounds of his own as well in the losing effort. Bracey leads Louisiana tech with an average of 14.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while Duruji leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 77.8 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the 3-point line and 68.7% from the foul line this season.

UAB is 8-22 ATS in their last 30 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 19-8-2 in their last 29 conference games. Louisiana Tech is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The home team has not only covered, but has won the last 5 meetings by at least 9 points. UAB has a history of struggling ATS on the road, and are being outscored by 4 points per game on the road this season. Louisiana Tech hasn’t had a very good record ATS at home, but they’re outscoring opponents by 10.7 points per game this season at home and have done well against the rest of the conference dating back to last year, so I’ll lay the points with Louisiana Tech in this spot.

Pick:
Louisiana Tech -6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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