Betting on today’s Shockers and Blazers game? Catch the action at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, as the Blazers hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on ESPN2. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have UAB as the -5.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 146.5 points.

WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS VS UAB BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UAB Blazers -5.5

This game will be played at Dickies Arena at 3:00 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE UAB BLAZERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 in favor of the Blazers.
  • Not only will UAB pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will Wichita State Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Wichita State heads into tonight’s game as a 5.5-point underdog, and they have gone just 3-13 as an underdog this season. The Shockers are coming off a 71-65 win over Memphis, and they are 13-18 overall.

On the road, Wichita State has gone 4-10 this year, and their average scoring margin on the road is -3.7 points per game. Over their last 10 games on the road, they are just 2-8.

Wichita State has an ATS record of 13-17-1 this season, including a mark of 5-8-1 against the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Shockers have gone just 5-10-1 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Wichita State has a record of 4-5-1 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for Wichita State is 15-16 and the average scoring total in their games is 146.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is very close to their season average OU line of 146.6. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 155 points.

In their recent game, the Shockers’ offense concluded with 71 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.2 points per contest. The top scorer for the Shockers was Harlond Beverly with 17 points, while Colby Rogers also added 13 to the scoreboard.

The Shockers’ defense is presently ranked 209th nationally, allowing an average of 73.1 points per contest. Against Memphis, the Shockers’ defense gave up 65 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Memphis only made 7 free-throws.

Are the Blazers Ready for a Home Win?

UAB comes into this game as the favorite, as they have been in 18 of their 31 games this season. So far, they have gone 12-6 as the favorite, and they are 12-5 at home this season. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 8-2.

They are coming off a 74-70 win over SMU, and they have won two games in a row. So far this season, they are 20-11, and they have gone 12-6 in American Athletic Conference play.

As the favorite this season, UAB has gone 7-10-1 against the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 17-12-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Blazers have a 6-3-1 ATS record. At home, UAB is 9-7-1 vs. the spread this season and 6-3-1 ATS over their last 10 home games.

On the season, the over/under record for UAB games is 17-13, and the average scoring total in their games is 153.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (149.1). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 169 points.

In their recent matchup, the UAB offense ended with 74 points against SMU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 38.9% and made 5 threes. Yaxel Lendenborg is leading the team in scoring at 13.7 points per contest. Eric Gaines has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12 going into the game.

The Blazers’ defense is presently ranked 261st nationally, allowing an average of 75.7 points per contest. Against SMU in their most recent game, the UAB defense gave up a total of 70 points while allowing SMU to hit 38% of their shots.