CUSA foes will battle when the UAB Blazers (10-6, 1-2 CUSA) square off against the Marshall Thundering Herd (8-8, 2-1 CUSA) at Bartow Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. UAB Blazers Odds Preview
In the Thundering Herd’s last matchup, they beat the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 79-75. Iran Bennett was Marshall’s high scorer with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. The Thundering Herd had a better free throw rate (0.141 vs. 0.082) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.547 (above their season average of 0.513).
The Blazers come in on a high note after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in their last outing, 72-62. With 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Tavin Lovan was UAB’s leading scorer. UAB dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.193 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 34.6). Western Kentucky had marks of 0.111 and 27.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The offensive glass should be a huge edge for UAB in this matchup. The Blazers currently rank 32nd in offensive rebounding percentage (34.9 percent), while Marshall ranks 310th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.0 percent). Conflicting tempos will be on display in this meeting. The fast-breaking Thundering Herd rank 15th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Blazers rank 345th.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Blazers won the lone game played against each other last season, 77-68. UAB had a much better turnover percentage (7.3 vs. 19.0). Marshall, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.491 vs. 0.457).
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. UAB Blazers ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UAB, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Over
The Thundering Herd rank 120th in three pointers attempted per game (22.7) while the Blazers rank 257th (16.9).
Marshall ranks fourth in blocks per game (6.8) while UAB ranks 121st (3.0).
UAB ranks 26th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while Marshall ranks 231st (39.0).
The Thundering Herd rank 14th in steals per game (9.6) while the Blazers rank 179th (5.6).
Marshall ranks 93rd in assists per game (14.2) while UAB ranks 235th (10.6).
The Blazers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.8, up from 4.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Thundering Herd have scored an average of 79.0 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (0.1 below their season average).