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UTSA vs. UAB - 3/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UAB at UTSA
Date & Time Sunday March 3, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
UTSA Convocation Center
San Antonio, TX
The Line
USTA Roadrunners - TBD -- Over/Under: TBD
TV Channel
http://conferenceusa.com/watch/
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The UAB Blazers will travel to the UTSA Convocation Center to take on the UTSA Roadrunners this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UAB Blazers had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-12 (9-7 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 73-67, this past Thursday. UAB struggled offensively down the stretch against the Hilltoppers defense and couldn’t fight back after the Hilltoppers took a 69-64 lead with just 1:53 left in regulation. UAB shot just 28.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Hilltoppers by a 35-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blazers was Zack Bryant who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, UAB is averaging 70.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Blazers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UAB has been led by Zack Bryant (14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.9 spg), Lewis Sullivan (11.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), Jalen Perry (10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Makhtar Gueye (8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Defensively, UAB is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Blazers have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The UTSA Roadrunners lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 15-13 (9-6 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Old Dominion Monarchs, 65-64, this past Thursday. UTSA struggled on the boards agianst the Monarchs and couldn’t fight back after an Ahmad Caver jumper gave Old Dominion a 64-60 lead with 1:52 left in regulation. UTSA shot just 31.8% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Monarchs by a 43-29 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was Jhivvan Jackson who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.

On the season, UTSA is averaging 78.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UTSA has been led by Jhivvan Jackson (22.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Keaton Wallace (21.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Nick Allen (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Giovanni De Nicolao (7.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, UTSA is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Roadrunners have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Roadrunners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 27-9-1 ATS in their last 37 home games.

UAB has lost 5 of their last 8 games and come into this game ranked 241st in scoring offense, 78th in scoring defense, and 59th in defensive FG%.

UTSA has lost 4 of their last 7 games and come into this game rank 49th in scoring offense, 50th in three-pointers made per game, and 262nd in scoring defense.

UAB has actually been really solid on the road as of late, winning 5 of their last 6 away games and also already had success against UTSA in an 83-73 victory at home in mid-January. UTSA is a solid team, however, I think the UAB defense can give the Roadrunners some trouble and as the Blazers showed in their first match-up, they had no trouble putting up points in the UTSA defense. This game has yet to be lined, however, as I expect this to be pretty close to a "pick-em", my initial thoughts are to roll with the Blazers.

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