UTSA vs. UAB - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA vs. UAB - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

UAB Blazers (12-9) at UTSA Roadrunners (10-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)

The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -4 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers and the UTSA Roadrunners meet in C-USA college basketball action from the UTSA Convocation Center on Thursday night.

The UAB Blazers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 72-58 loss to Louisiana Tech last time out. Kassim Nicholson led the Blazers with 15 points along with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals while Jalen Benjamin added 13 points as the only other double-digit scorer for UAB in the losing effort. Tavin Lovan added 6 points with a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals as well in the defeat. Benjamin leads UAB in scoring with an average of 12.6 points per game while Makhtar Gueye leads the Blazers in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game and Zack Bryant leads UAB in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 64.8 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games following a 90-88 win over Rice last time out. Jhivvan Jackson led the Roadrunners with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 5 threes, 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Keaton Wallace added 24 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 3 triples and Erik Czumbel added 11 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting with 3 threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for UTSA in the victory. Byron Frohnen added 8 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists as well in the winning effort for the Roadrunners. Jackson leads UTSA in scoring with an average of 26.3 points per game while Frohnen leads the Roadrunners in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and Keaton Wallace leads UTSA in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 78.9 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 75.3% from the foul line this season.

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UAB is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. UTSA is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 home games while the over is 9-0 in their last 9 home games.

Part of me wanted to take points with UAB as the Blazers are pretty good defensively, but the problem is that UTSA is a much better offensive team than the Blazers, and UTSA has also been strong at home this season, going 6-1 SU and 5-1 ATS. While scoring 88 points per game and outscoring teams by 19.6 points per game. Give me UTSA and lay the points in this spot.

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