SMU vs UAB Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/10/24

UAB (19-11) vs SMU (20-10)

Game Info: Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

Betting Odds: UAB -1.5 - Over/Under: 153 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The SMU Mustangs will travel to Birmingham to meet the UAB Blazers in AAC play this Sunday from the Bartow Arena on ESPN+. UAB enters as narrow home favorites, with the total sitting at 153. Stay tuned for our SMU vs UAB Prediction. 

SMU Preview: Mustangs in Search of a Resume Boost

SMU comes in at 20-10 after defeating East Carolina in Dallas by three, 80-77. The Mustangs edged out the Pirates in overtime to snap a three-game skid, and they’ll look to complete the sweep of the Blazers here in Birmingham. SMU is currently 4th in the AAC with a 11-6 record in league play. The Mustangs are 6-4 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 5-6 on the road this season. 

SMU Team Analysis

  • Junior guard Zhuric Phelps struggled in the ECU victory, but he still leads SMU in scoring (14.7).  
  • Butler transfer Chuck Harris led the way with 16 points in the road win over East Carolina, and he’s up to 13.2 ppg and a team-leading 3.5 apg.  
  • Senior forward Samuel Williamson grabbed 13 boards against the Pirates, and he leads the Mustangs in rebounding (7.5), while scoring 8.8 ppg.

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UAB Preview: Blazers Looking to Avoid the Brooms 

UAB moved to 19-11 after defeating Temple in Philly, 100-72. The Blazers used their strongest offensive output of the season to down the Owls, and they’ll look to close the regular season strong on Senior Day. UAB is currently 5th in the AAC with a 11-6 record in league play, they’re 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 11-5 in Birmingham. 

UAB Team Analysis 

  • Junior forward Yaxel Lendeborg led the way with a 19-point double in the win over Temple, and he leads UAB in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (10.3).
  • Veteran guard Eric Gaines dished out ten dimes against the Owls, and he leads the Blazers in assists (5.5), while scoring 11.6 ppg.  
  • Junior guard Alejandro Vazquez has hit the 18-point mark in three straight games, and he’s  third on the team at 10.8 ppg.
  • Huntsville native Efrem Johnson went for a game-high 20 points in the February 4th matchups with SMU, and he’s posting an identical 10.7 ppg. 
  • Senior forward Javian Davis has reached double figures in five of the last six games, and he’s averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg. 

SMU vs UAB Team Stats

  • SMU is scoring 77.8 points per game, on 46.5% shooting, while allowing 69.1 ppg.
  • The Mustangs are averaging 69.7 possessions per game (246th), while shooting 34.1% from deep, and 68.9% from the stripe. 
  • UAB is scoring 77.4 points per game, on 45.0% shooting, while allowing 75.0 ppg.
  • The Blazers are averaging 73.5 possessions per game (58th), while shooting 32.0% from the outside, and 74.8% from the line. 

Southern Methodist vs UA-Birmingham Game Trends

  • UAB leads the head-to-head series, 9-3, but SMU did win this year’s meeting in Dallas by three, 80-77.  
  • SMU is 14-14-1 against the spread, with a 13-16 O/U record.
  • UAB is 16-12-1 ATS, with a 17-12 over/under record.

SMU vs UAB Prediction  

Two schools in need of extended conference tournament runs will face off this Sunday, and it may end up bringing the best out of both squads. SMU and UAB are both efficient and prefer to play fast, and there’s a good chance that reflects on the scoreboard. I do like the Blazers striking revenge, and to coming thru with a victory on Senior Day, but let’s back the Over for this AAC battle. 

Corey’s Pick SMU/UAB To Go OVER

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