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UAB vs. Old Dominion - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Old Dominion at UAB
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bartow Arena
Birmingham, AL
The Line
Old Dominion Monarchs -1 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Old Dominion at UAB
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The Old Dominion Monarchs and the UAB Blazers meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Bartow Arena on Thursday night.

The Old Dominion Monarchs will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 7 of their last 8 games following an 80-76 win over Rice in their last outing. B.J. Stith led the Monarchs with 28 points on 10 of 21 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Ahmad Caver added 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 11 assists for the double-double. Justice Kithcart added 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for ODU in the win, while Jason Wade pulled down 7 rebounds of his own in the victory. Stith leads the Monarchs with an average of 18 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Caver leads Old Dominion in assists with 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Old Dominion is averaging 68.3 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the 3-point line and 65.6% from the foul line this season. The Monarchs are also one of the nation’s top defensive teams, sitting 10th in scoring defense, allowing just 61.5 points per game on the 8th-lowest field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6% from the field this season.

The UAB Blazers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 79-78 loss to Middle Tennessee State as 11-point favorites. Zack Bryant led the Blazers with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes, a team-high 6 assists and 4 steals while Jeremiah Bell added 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 threes. Lewis Sullivan, Makhtar Gueye and Jalen Perry each had 10 points to finish off the scoring in double-digits for UAB in the loss, with Sullivan adding a team-high 9 rebounds in the defeat. Bryant leads UAB with an average of 14.7 points and 4 assists per game while Sullivan leads the Blazers in rebounds with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 71.1 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the 3-point line and 66.5% from the foul line this season.

Old Dominion is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. UAB is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Old Dominion is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at UAB.

I’m still a bit gunshy to back Old Dominion after that collapse against UTSA, but UAB’s performance against Middle Tennessee took any wind out of the proverbial sails for the Blazers in my opinion. The Monarchs haven’t had any luck ATS on the road as of late, so it’s slightly surprising to see Old Dominion favored, but the Monarchs have been in the better run of form as of late so I’ll lay the point with the Monarchs as they’ve just been playing the better basketball.

Pick:
Old Dominion -1

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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