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UAB vs. Troy - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Troy Trojans (5-5) at UAB Blazers (7-4)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UAB Blazers -4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CUSA TV
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The Troy Trojans and UAB Blazers meet Friday in college basketball action at the Bartow Arena.

The Troy Trojans look for a third straight win to get a game above a .500 record. The Troy Trojans are averaging 73.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Jordon Varnado is averaging 16 points and 2.5 assists while Alex Hicks is averaging 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. B.J. Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Javan Johnson is dishing 1.7 assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost three of their last four road games.

The UAB Blazers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The UAB Blazers are averaging 69.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Zack Bryant is averaging 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds while Jalen Perry is averaging 11.3 points and 1.1 assists. Lewis Sullivan is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremiah Bell is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have won all five home games this season.

The Trojans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Sun Belt. The Trojans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Blazers last 8 overall. The over is 6-1 in Trojans last 7 overall.

The Troy Trojans have been hit or miss all season long and have done most of their misses on the road this season. The UAB Blazers have been one of the more consistent home teams in the C-USA, which includes both SU and ATS victories. UAB is also shooting 47.6 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 12 points in five home victories this season. UAB has also won the last 10 games against Troy, and nine of those victories were blowouts. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Blazers at home.

Pick:
UAB Blazers -4

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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