Southern Jaguars vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Southern Jaguars vs UAB Blazers
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Southern (+15.5)
Bartow Arena is the venue where and the UAB Blazers (6-0) will take on the Southern Jaguars (0-3) on Wednesday. UAB opens this contest as 15.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 139.
Southern enters this game with a win-loss mark of 0-3 on the year. They are giving up possession 16.3 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 25.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Southern is pulling down 40.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 35 dimes this season, which ranks 279th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Jaguars are hitting 27.5% on 3-point shots (14 of 51) and 75.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 66.0 pts per game (264th in D-1) on 37.1% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Jaguars are forcing 12.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.3 personal fouls. The Jaguars defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 50.5% (92 of 182) and they surrender 40.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 153rd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 56 surrendered so far this season. They give up 42.1% on shots from downtown and they are 318th in the country in PPG allowed (89.0).
The Southern Jaguars faced off with the Arkansas Razorbacks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-44 in their last contest. Southern wrapped up the contest having earned a 28.6% field goal percentage (18 of 63) and made 1 of 13 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Jaguars made 7 of 10 attempts for a rate of 70.0%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 5 assists for the contest as well as having 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Southern allowed their opponent to shoot 28.6% from the field on 18 out of 63. Arkansas recorded 16 dimes and 8 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Razorbacks snagged 42 rebounds (12 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Arkansas finished the game at 47.1% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of 17 shots. They converted 11 out of their 33 attempts from long range.
Jayden Saddler is a player who saw a lot of court time in the matchup. He accounted for 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He played 31 mins and snagged 6 rebounds. Saddler finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of action in the game for the Jaguars was Lamarcus Lee. He pulled down 3 boards and had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor for the game via 4-of-9 (8 points). In all, Lee played for 27 minutes.
UAB has a record of 6-0 on the campaign. The Blazers are committing 19.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 71.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 9.3 times per game (308th in the nation) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per contest. UAB has totaled 487 points this season (81.2 per contest) and they pull in 40.7 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blazers are connecting on 47.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 96th in D-1. The Blazers are ranked 18th in the country in points given up per game with 56.2. The UAB defense gives up 22.9% on 3-pointers (30 of 131) and their opponents are making 63.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 7.5 assists and 37.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks 10th and 230th in college hoops. They are able to force 18.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 33.3% from the field (5th in D-1).
For their last game, the UAB Blazers went home victorious with a score of 65-61 when they faced the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. The Blazers snagged 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for the matchup. They blocked 6 tries while earning 8 steals in this contest. The Buccaneers had 17 personal fouls for the game which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.9%. In reference to shots from downtown, UAB made 6 out of 18 attempts (33.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Blazers shot 22 out of 61 from the floor which had them sitting at 36.1%. The Blazers permitted the Buccaneers to knock down 20 of their 55 attempts from the floor which had them at 36.4% in the matchup. They shot 31.8% from 3-point land by connecting on 7 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 23 from the free throw line (60.9%). Concerning cleaning the glass, UAB allowed East Tennessee State to collect 38 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Michael Ertel ended up being important for the Blazers for this contest. He converted 8 out of 16 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which earned him 19 points. Ertel snagged 5 boards in his 34 mins played and had 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy that ended up coming through for UAB was Trey Jemison. He ended up scoring 6 points in his 30 minutes on the court by way of 2 of 6 from the floor for this game. Jemison ended the game having shot 33.3% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UAB (-15.5)
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