UTSA vs. UAB - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA vs. UAB - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

UAB Blazers (17-12) at UTSA Roadrunners (12-16)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)

The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -3.5 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UAB Blazers (17-12, 8-8 CUSA) travel to San Antonio, TX to take on UTSA (12-16, 6-9 CUSA) in a Conference USA showdown at the Convocation Center. The last time these teams played, UAB won 76-68 as 3 ½-point road underdogs.

In their last 10 games, UAB is 5-5 both straight up and against the spread. They are 5-6 away from home this season and 6-5 against the spread in those games. UAB averages 65.6 points per game on the road and surrenders 66.4 points per game to opponents in those games.

UAB has won 3 of its last 4 games and is 3-1 against the spread in those games. UAB won their last contest against Marshall 88-80 as 2-point home favorites. UAB is ranked 191st by KenPom, with a balanced team that is ranked 194th in offense and 183rd in defense in the country. UAB is led by Sophomore guard Tavin Lovan, who averages 12.7 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game, and Freshman guard Jalen Benjamin, who averages 12.8 points per game and 3 rebounds per game.

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In their last 10 games, UTSA is 4-6 both straight up and against the spread. UTSA is 9-4 at home this season and has gone 7-6 against the number in those games. UTSA’s high-powered offense averages 82.8 points per game at home and surrenders 72.9 points per game to opponents.

UTSA has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is 1-3 against the spread in those games. They lost their last contest 71-80 against Florida Atlantic as 4-point road underdogs. UTSA is ranked 201st by KenPom, with the 99th ranked offense and 301st ranked defense in the nation. UTSA is led by electric Junior guard Jhivvan Jackson, who leads Conference USA with 27.3 points per game, and throws in 5.8 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game as well. UTSA also has another exciting guard on their roster, Junior Keaton Wallace, who averages 18.7 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game.

UAB is 6-3 in the last 9 match-ups between these teams and is 5-4 against the spread in those games. The over is 13-4 in the last 17 games for UTSA, and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 games for UAB. In their last 9 games against each other, the under is 5-4.

UTSA can score with anybody in the country with their guards, but is one of the worst defensive teams in the country. Give me the over in a game I expect to sail over the total.

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