Chattanooga Mocs vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chattanooga Mocs vs UAB Blazers
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Chattanooga (+10)
The Chattanooga Mocs (7-0) travel to Bartow Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the UAB Blazers (7-0). The spread on this contest has UAB as 10-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 144.
Chattanooga heads into this game with a record of 7-0 for the campaign. They cough up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 14.3 personal fouls every game. As a team, Chattanooga is pulling down 37.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 92 assists on the year, which is 82nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Mocs are shooting 37.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (60 of 160) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.1 points per game (99th in college hoops) while shooting 45.8% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Mocs are able to force 16.1 turnovers every game and they draw 17.3 fouls. They are 263rd in Division 1 in giving up assists with 91 surrendered for the year. The Mocs defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.9% (186 of 405) and they surrender 32.7 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 28.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 93rd in college basketball in opponents points per game (65.1).
The Chattanooga Mocs stepped onto the hardwood against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs and went home with a win by a final score of 69-66 in their last game. Chattanooga finished having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (25 out of 55) and made 9 of their 19 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Mocs made 10 of 14 tries for a rate of 71.4%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 33 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 14 assists in this game as well as earning 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. In the matter of the defense, Chattanooga allowed the other team to shoot 45.5% from the floor on 25 of 55. UNC Asheville totaled 11 dimes and 7 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Bulldogs had 35 rebounds (9 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 rejections. UNC Asheville shot 28.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 2 of 7 shots. They converted 6 of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Malachi Smith is someone who saw a lot of action for the contest. He scored 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins played and also totaled 9 rebounds. Smith finished the contest at 46.2% from the field and also dished out 5 assists. One more player that saw the court a lot in this contest for the Mocs was Jamaal Walker. He pulled down 2 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He went 42.9% from the floor for the game by shooting 3-of-7 (10 points). Overall, Walker played 35 min.
UAB has a record of 7-0 for the campaign. UAB has earned 575 points for the year (82.1 per game) and they average 40.9 boards per game. The Blazers have committed 18.7 fouls per game and they hit 71.0% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blazers are connecting on 48.3% from the floor, which ranks 88th in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 9.6 times per contest (310th in Division 1) and they turn it over 11.6 times per game. The Blazers defensively are ranked 8th in the nation in PPG given up with 54.7. They are able to force 19.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 32.8% from the floor (4th in college basketball). The UAB defense surrenders 21.1% on shots from 3-point land (32 of 152) and opponents are knocking down 62.8% of their free throw shots. They give up 7.9 dimes and 37.9 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 8th and 242nd in those categories on the defensive end.
For their last game, the UAB Blazers walked away with a victory by a final of 88-46 against the Southern Jaguars. The Blazers snagged 36 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for this game. They also turned away 4 tries while earning 7 steals in the game. The Jaguars had 23 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of them for a percentage of 70.4%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, UAB made 3 of 16 tries (18.8%). Overall, the Blazers finished shooting 33 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 51.6%. The Blazers allowed the Jaguars to convert 19 out of their 63 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 30.2% for the contest. They finished 9.5% from three-point range by going 2 of 21 and ended up shooting 6 out of 10 at the charity stripe (60.0%). In reference to attacking the glass, UAB permitted Southern to collect 38 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Tavin Lovan ended up having an impact for the Blazers for the game. He converted 4 of 6 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which got him 11 points. Lovan snagged 2 boards in his 29 mins and accumulated 3 assists for this contest. One more player that was important for UAB was Michael Ertel. He racked up 12 points in 26 minutes played by way of 6 of 11 shooting in the game. Ertel wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the field while contributing 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UAB (-10)
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