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Memphis vs. UAB - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UAB Blazers (6-2) at Memphis Tigers (4-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Memphis Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | UAB Blazers (6-2) at Memphis Tigers (4-4)
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The UAB Blazers and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the FedExForum.

The UAB Blazers look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The UAB Blazers are averaging 68.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Zack Bryant is averaging 12.9 points and 2.9 rebounds while Lewis Sullivan is averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 assists. Jalen Perry is dishing one assist and Tavin Lovan is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 28.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have split their last six road games.

The Memphis Tigers could use a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 78.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Tyler Harris is averaging 15.3 points and 1.8 rebounds while Jeremiah Martin is averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 assists. Kyvon Davenport is the third double-digit scorer and Kareem Brewton Jr. is dishing 2.4 assists. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have won all three home games this season.

The Blazers are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Blazers are 1-13-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Memphis and 6-20-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 Saturday games. The under is 5-0 in Blazers last 5 overall.

The UAB Blazers have been really good defensively, allowing no more than 68 points through their first eight games. The Memphis Tigers are playing winning basketball at the moment, but they've lost their defensive roots along the way, and I'm not sure they'll be able to continue winning with their offense that has always been painful. We're getting free double-digit points with a really good UAB defense. I'll take it.

Pick:
UAB Blazers +11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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