UAB at UTSA - 2/26/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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UTSA Roadrunners (12-9) vs UAB Blazers (18-5)
Game Info: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)
Betting Odds: UTSA Roadrunners +3.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers will head on the road to face the UTSA Roadrunners in a Conference USA west matchup. UAB is tied for the conference lead while UTSA sits two games back. This is their first matchup this season.
UAB heads into this game having dropped 3 of their last 5. In their last game, the Blazers blew through NAIA member Rust College. UAB used this as a get right game after losing their previous game to Old Dominion. Tony Toney led the way for UAB with 23 points off the bench. Five other players finished the game in double figures. UAB shot 53.9% from the field, 27.8% from three. They had assists on only 15 of 48 field goals. UAB stifled the lesser Rust team, limiting them to 27.6% shooting from the field. They dominated the glass, winning the rebound battle 57-31. On the season, UAB is averaging 73.9 points per game, and are allowing 59.1 to their opponents. Tavin Lovan leads the team with 12.6 points, 2.5 assists and a 55.6 field goal percentage.
UTSA comes into this one having won their last 4, and last 6 at home. Last game against the Florida Atlantic Owls, they came away with a 86-75 win. They shot 50.8% from the field, and 47.6% from beyond the arc. The Roadrunners assisted on 20 of their 33 field goals. Jhivvan Jackson led all scorers for UTSA with 20, while also racking up 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Keaton Wallace chipped in with 14 points and 5 assists of his own. UTSA held FAU to 6 of 24 shooting from three, and committed 7 less turnovers. On the season the Roadrunners are averaging 77.9 points per game, while allowing 75.1 to the opposition. Jackson leads the team with 20.4 points per game.
UAB is 11-8-2 ATS this season, 3-3 ATS on the road. UTSA is 8-9-1 ATS this season, 6-1-1 ATS at home.
UTSA has been great at home this season, boasting a 10-1 record. They have been shooting the ball well of late, averaging nearly 50% from the field during their 4 game win streak, while also converting from the line over 80% of the time. UAB has been average on the road, going 3-3. The Blazers have shot the ball poorly in their last 5, outside of their routing of Rust. I expect this to be a close game, so the value is with the home dogs. Give me UTSA and the points.