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Western Kentucky vs. UAB - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UAB at Western Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
E.A. Diddle Arena
Bowling Green, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Western Kentucky -6 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
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The UAB Blazers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the E.A. Diddle Arena.

The UAB Blazers could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The UAB Blazers are averaging 70.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Zack Bryant is averaging 14.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while Lewis Sullivan is averaging 11.2 points and 1.1 assists. Jalen Perry is the third double-digit scorer and Tavin Lovan is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The UAB Blazers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. The UAB Blazers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The UAB Blazers have split their last six road games.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 72.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Charles Bassey is averaging 14.7 points and 10.2 rebounds while Taveion Hollingsworth is averaging 14.4 points and 2.3 assists. Jared Savage is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Anderson is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won their last five home games.

The Blazers are 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blazers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Western Kentucky and 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Hilltoppers last 11 overall. The over is 7-3 in Blazers last 10 overall.

The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between UAB and Western Kentucky, and has also covered each of the last five meetings. UAB enters this game struggling to score and is just 4-7-1 ATS on the road this season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are winning by an average of 7.3 points at home this season while shooting a very healthy 48 percent from the field. During its five-game winning streak, WKU has tightened up defensively and is winning by an average of 8.6 points. I have to eat the reasonable chalk with the Hilltoppers. 

Pick:
Western Kentucky -6

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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