Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The UAB Blazers (14-3) will attempt to extend an 11-game winning streak when they match up with the Charlotte 49ers (4-12) at Dale F. Halton Arena. Action gets underway at 7:00 pm ET on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The 49ers lost a tough one against Middle Tennessee 73-72 on Thursday. Braxton Ogbueze was the team’s leading scorer, contributing 19 points. The Blazers, meanwhile, are coming off a 72-71 win against Old Dominion on Thursday. William Lee shot 8 for 12 and led in scoring with 28 points.
Over the last five games, Joseph Uchebo has taken his game to another level for the 49ers, averaging 15.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks. On the other side, the Blazers have been led by Lee. He has been on a tear, averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in the same time frame.
The high-octane offense of the Blazers (32nd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 115.1) will look to pick apart the porous defense of the 49ers (340th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 113.9), a matchup that could favor UAB.
Charlotte is home underdogs of +5.5 points in this game. For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.
Pick: Charlotte +5.5
UAB holds a perfect 4-0 record against the conference, while Charlotte sits at 1-3 SU.
The UAB Blazers have a defensive rating of 97.3 (ranked 80th), while the Charlotte 49ers have an offensive rating of 102.7 (ranked 234th).
Charlotte averages 71.4 possessions per game, scoring 1.027 points on each possession. While UAB averages fewer possessions per game with 68.8, they score more points per possession with 1.151.
The UAB Blazers have one of the best effective field goal percentages this season, ranking 20th in the country with an eFG% of 55.4%. When their opponents record a similar or higher eFG%, the Charlotte 49ers have an abysmal 2-6 record.
Ranked fourth in the nation, UAB has an average of 19.6 assists per game. Charlotte ranks lower at 161st with 13.8.
UAB, the third-ranked team in blocked shots, registers an average of 6.6 per game. Charlotte ranks lower at 263rd with 2.7.
Charlotte ranks 72nd in offensive rebounding. When it comes to defensive rebounds, UAB ranks 62nd.
On average, Charlotte forces a turnover rate of 18.0%. When UAB turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a stellar 6-1 record.
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