UAB Blazers (16-10) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (15-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under:
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The UAB Blazers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The UAB Blazers need a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The UAB Blazers are averaging 75.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Chris Cokley is averaging 18.1 points and 9.3 rebounds while Zack Bryant is averaging 12.8 points and three assists. Nate Darling is dishing 2.8 assists and William Lee is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have split their last six road games.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 74.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. DaQuan Bracey is averaging 14.3 points and 4.5 assists while Jalen Harris is averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Jacobi Boykins is the third double-digit scorer and Derric Jean is dishing 1.7 assists. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won five of their last six home games.
The Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The Blazers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between Louisiana Tech and UAB, and the Bulldogs are usually one of the more overlooked home teams in the country. This season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 80.1 points at home while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. While the UAB Blazers can be explosive offensively at times as well, it's going to be tough to match that offensive firepower on the road. UAB is scoring just 65.4 points in their last five games. In a near toss-up, I'm siding with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at home.