Wichita State vs UAB Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/28/24

UAB (18-9) vs Wichita State (11-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

Betting Odds: UAB -7.5 - Over/Under: 148 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Wichita State Shockers will fly to Birmingham to face the UAB Blazers in AAC play this Wednesday from the Bartow Arena on ESPN+. Wichita State has won all four meetings, but UAB enters as 7.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 147.5. Stay tuned for our Wichita State vs UAB Prediction. 

Wichita State Shockers Preview

Wichita State dropped to 11-17 after losing to Temple at home, 72-66. The Shockers fell apart in overtime versus the Owls, and they’ll attempt to come thru as road underdogs this Wednesday in Birmingham. Wichita St. is currently 12th in the AAC with a 3-12 record in league play, they’re 3-7 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 0-8 on the road this season. 

Wichita State Team Analysis

  • Junior guard Colby Rogers really struggled in the Temple matchup (7 PTS, 2/14 FG, 5 PF), but he’s been much better than that this season, as he leads Wichita State in scoring (15.6).
  • Wichita native Xavier Bell went for a game-high 17 points in the OT loss to Temple, and he’s second on the team at 11.9 ppg. 
  • Third-year forward Kenny Pohto scored 16 points against Tulsa, and he leads the Shockers in rebounding (6.3), while averaging 9.5 ppg. 

UAB Blazers Preview

UAB enters at 18-9 after beating Tulane in New Orleans, 78-67. The Blazers pulled away after the break to take down the Green Wave, and they’ll look to keep their postseason hopes alive here against the Shockers. UAB is currently 4th in the AAC with a 10-4 record in league play, they’re 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 10-3 in Birmingham this season.

UAB Team Analysis 

  • Junior forward Yaxel Lendeborg led the way with 26 points in the road win over Tulane, and he now leads North Texas in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (10.0).
  • Veteran guard Eric Gaines has struggled from the field over the last three games, but he’s still posting a solid line of 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and a team-leading 5.2 apg. 
  • Sophomore guard Efrem Johnson went for a game-high 20 points against SMU, and he’s third on the team at 10.8 ppg.  
  • Senior forward Javian Davis posted a 14-point double-double in the Tulsa victory, and he’s averaging 10.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg. 

Wichita St. vs UAB Team Facts

  • WSU has scored 72.1 points per game, on 44.4% shooting, and they’ve allowed 73.2 ppg.
  • The Shockers are averaging 72.3 possessions per game (105th), while shooting 31.1% from the outside, and 69.2% from the stripe. 
  • UAB is scoring 76.6 points per game, on 44.3% shooting, while allowing 75.0 ppg.
  • The Blazers are averaging 72.1 possessions per game (126th), while shooting 31.1% from deep, and 75.4% from the line. 

Wichita State vs UAB Game Trends

  • WSU is 9-17-1 against the spread, with a 12-15 O/U record.
  • UAB is 15-10-1 ATS, with a 15-11 over/under record.

Wichita State vs UAB Prediction  

Wichita State’s season was summed up when they let Temple pull off a comeback, overtime victory on their home floor last time out, as they’ve been very subpar during the second portion of the season. UAB’s postseason hopes are very much alive, and it’s unlikely they let a struggling WSU come in and slow them down right now. It might even be worth tilting the Blazers number for safety, as an upset is unlikely, and this one should come down to a matter of how much. 

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