UAB vs North Texas Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/30/23

North Texas Mean Green (30-7) vs UAB Blazers (29-9)

Game Info: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: North Texas Mean Green +2 -- Over/Under: 128 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green will play the UAB Blazers in the NIT Championship Game on Thursday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

North Texas Preview

The North Texas Mean Green are 30-7 (16-4) this season after they defeated Wisconsin by a score of 56-54 in their last game. North Texas shot 43.8% from the field and held Wisconsin scoreless for the last nine minutes of the game. The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 64.4 points per game, 55.7 points against per game, 33.9 rebounds per game, and 11.3 assists per game. Tylor Perry has led the Mean Green this season with 17.2 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. North Texas is shooting 43.6% from the field, 75% on free throws, and 35.1% on three pointers this year. 

UAB Preview

The UAB Blazers are 29-9 (14-6) this season after they defeated Utah Valley in overtime by a score of 88-86 in their last game. UAB shot 40.5% from the field and forced 15 turnovers in the win. The UAB Blazers are averaging 81.3 points per game, 70.3 points against per game, 41.2 rebounds per game, and 14.3 assists per game. Jordan Walker has led the Blazers this season with 22.3 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 2.9 rebounds per game. UAB is shooting 45.5% from the field, 73.3% on free throws, and 36.3% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

UAB is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 9-2 in UAB’s last 11 neutral site games. North Texas is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games. The over is 7-3-1 in North Texas’ last 11 games following an ATS win. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in these two teams last 11 head to head meetings.

Pick

These two teams come into the NIT Championship game very familiar with one another, as they  have played against each other three times already this year. North Texas won the first two meetings by scores of 63-52 and 82-79, while UAB won the meeting in the conference tournament by a score of 76-69. North Texas is one of the better defensive teams in the country, but they struggled to get stops against UAB in their last two meetings. UAB is scoring over 80 points per game and they play solid defense as well. This should be a great game, but I am taking UAB to win this one behind another strong offensive performance. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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