Betting on today’s Tigers and Blazers game? Catch the action at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL, as the Blazers hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN. In this American Athletic matchup, Memphis is favored by -4.5 vs. UAB. The over/under for the game is 159 points.


The Pick: UAB Blazers +4.5

This game will be played at Bartow Arena at 5:00 ET on Sunday, January 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-70 in favor of the Blazers.
  • Not only will UAB pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 159 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can The Tigers Secure a Win at Birmingham?

Memphis enters this game with a 15-4 record, including a 4-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Tigers have gone 6-3 on the road this season, and they have an average scoring margin of +4.2 points per game away from home.

Overall, Memphis has been favored in 15 of its 19 games, going 13-2 in those contests. The Tigers are coming off a narrow 81-79 loss to Tulane, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games.

When looking at Memphis’ ATS record this season, they are just 7-12. However, their road ATS mark sits at 5-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 159 is higher than the average over/under line in Memphis’ games this year (150.9). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and over their last five games, the OU record is 2-3.

In their recent game, the Tigers’ offense concluded with 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 81.2 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is David Jones, who holds an average of 21.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jahvon Quinerly is averaging 14 points per game this season.

At this time, the Tigers’ defense is positioned 229th in the country, permitting 74.7 points per game. Against Tulane in their most recent game, the Memphis defense gave up a total of 81 points while allowing Tulane to hit 40% of their shots.

Will the Blazers Exceed Expectations at Home?

UAB will be the underdog in this one, as they are getting 4.5 points at home. They have been the underdog in six games this season, going 3-3.

The Blazers are coming off a 76-70 loss to Charlotte, and they are 12-7 overall. At home, they have gone 8-3, and they have won their last five games at home.

When looking at UAB’s ATS record this season, they are currently 8-9-1. As the underdog, they have a strong mark of 5-1 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Blazers have gone 6-3-1 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for UAB games is 11-7, and the average scoring total in their games is 151.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 159 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (148.6). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2, and the average scoring total in those games is 142 points.

Compared to their season average of 76.6 points per game, UAB struggled in their previous game. Against Charlotte, the Blazers scored 70 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 53.2%. One area that the UAB offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 18th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 44%.

So far, the Blazers’ defense is ranked 238th in the country at 75.1 points per contest. UAB’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Charlotte offense to knock down 52% of their shots on their way to putting up 76 points.