Western Kentucky vs. UAB - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky vs. UAB - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

UAB (19-13) at Western Kentucky (20-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center at The Star)

The Line: UAB +4.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5

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The UAB Blazers (19-13, CONF 10-9) and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-10, CONF 13-5) face off in the Conference USA showdown at the Ford Center at The Star. UAB beat Western Kentucky 72-62 earlier this season. 

UAB comes into this game having won five of the last seven games, including their victory on Wednesday over UTSA. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but UAB was able to put up 74 points and that was enough for a five point victory.

Over the last five games UAB is averaging 70.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.6 points per game.

UAB was led by guard Tavin Lovan who put up 17 points against UTSA and that was a big key for them winning. 

Western Kentucky had a first round bye during the Conference USA showdown but over their last eight games they have won six of the games. In Western Kentucky’s last game they went on the road and put up 95 points against FIU and that led to a six point victory. 

Over the last five games, Western Kentucky is averaging 81 points per game while the defense is giving up 79.8 points. 

Western Kentucky is led by guard Taveion Hollingsworth who is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. 

UAB is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games played on a neutral court. Western Kentucky is 17-7 against the spread in their last 24 games played on Thursday. 

Western Kentucky is the better team and their offense is going to run up the score. Look for UAB to have issues keeping up and that will lead to a cover by the Hilltoppers.

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