CUSA foes will battle when the UTSA Roadrunners (12-16, 6-9 CUSA) square off against the UAB Blazers (17-12, 8-8 CUSA) at the UTSA Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
UAB Blazers vs. UTSA Roadrunners ATS Preview
The last time the Blazers played, they defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 88-80. Tyreek Scott-Grayson led UAB in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting. The Blazers had an absurd free throw rate of 0.344 (above their season average of 0.239) and held the Thundering Herd to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.3 (below their season average of 29.1).
The Roadrunners are hoping for a better outcome after their 80-71 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls in their last game. Jhivvan Jackson was the game’s leading scorer with 38 points on 13-for-24 shooting. Florida Atlantic held the Roadrunners to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.8 (below their season average of 28.6). UTSA, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (16.3 vs. 19.0).
This contest should be a battle of contrasting paces. UTSA has preferred an up-tempo style of play (17th in possessions per game), while UAB has been more methodical (306th in possessions per game).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Blazers won 76-68. The Blazers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 and a solid free throw rate of 0.293. The Roadrunners were 15.8 and 0.136, respectively, for those same stats. In the loss, Keaton Wallace led all scorers with 26 points.
UAB Blazers vs. UTSA Roadrunners Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UAB, ATS Winner – UAB, O/U – Under
The Roadrunners rank 169th in steals per game (5.9) while the Blazers rank 178th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
UTSA ranks 15th in three pointers attempted per game (27.8) while UAB ranks 299th (16.1).
The Blazers rank 11th in rebounds allowed per game (30.2) while the Roadrunners rank 258th (38.3).
UTSA ranks 175th in assists per game (12.5) while UAB ranks 260th (10.6).
The Roadrunners have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, UTSA has defeated opponents by an average of 0.9 points.
During their last five games, the Blazers have scored an average of 74.4 points per game (7.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (5.6 above their season average).