Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 3/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs UAB Blazers
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
Bartow Arena is the location where the UAB Blazers (23-7) will attempt to beat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (21-8) on Saturday.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took the court against Old Dominion and notched a win by a score of 67-54 in their last contest. Louisiana Tech wrapped up the game with a 39.7% FG percentage (23 out of 58) and buried 10 of 26 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Bulldogs converted 11 of 13 shots for a rate of 84.6%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they collected 33 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to defense, Louisiana Tech allowed 39.0% from the field on 23 of 59 shooting. Old Dominion distributed 11 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, Old Dominion had 35 boards (11 offensive, 24 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Old Dominion walked away from this one shooting 50.0% at the charity stripe by converting 5 of their 10 shots. They knocked down 3 of 17 tries from downtown. When discussing personal fouls, the Bulldogs ended up with 9 and Old Dominion accounted for 16 personal fouls.
Amorie Archibald is one player who came through in this contest. He walked away from this one shooting 44.4% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also grabbed 7 rebounds. He finished with 18 points on 4 of 9 shooting.
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Louisiana Tech heads into this contest with a record of 21-8 on the year. They currently have an average of 77.0 points per contest (45th in D-1) while hitting 45.9% from the field. The Bulldogs are connecting on 34.8% on shots from beyond the arc (251 of 721) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Louisiana Tech is collecting 36.3 boards per contest and has racked up 427 assists this year, which is 89th in D-1 in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 14.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bulldogs are able to force 13.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. They are ranked 200th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 376 surrendered on the season. The Bulldogs defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.4% (714 of 1,723) and they surrender 35.8 rebounds per game as a team. They are surrendering 33.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 156th in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.4).
The last time they took the court, the UAB Blazers walked away with a victory by a final of 81-68 against Southern Miss. In the matter of cleaning up the glass, UAB permitted Southern Miss to snag 31 in total (4 offensive). They went 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 4 out of 16 and ended up going 20 of 28 from the free throw line (71.4%). The Blazers allowed Southern Miss to make 22 of their 52 attempts from the field which had them shooting 42.3% for the contest. When all was said and done, the Blazers finished shooting 32 out of 68 from the floor which had them at 47.1%. Concerning shooting from distance, UAB buried 12 out of 20 attempts (60.0%). They were able to convert 5 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 35.7%. Southern Miss had 13 personal fouls in this contest which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. The Blazers recorded 31 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 43 for this game.
Michael Ertel ended up being important for the Blazers for the matchup. He converted 6 of 10 for the matchup giving him a rate of 60.0%, and added 1 rebound. He had 20 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in the game.
UAB has a win-loss record of 23-7 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Blazers are connecting on 46.5% from the field, which is ranked 54th in Division 1. UAB has scored 2,392 pts this season (79.7 per game) and they pull in 38.3 boards per game. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per game (172nd in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game. The Blazers are committing 16.4 fouls per game while shooting 72.6% from the charity stripe.
The UAB defense allows 33.3% on shots from 3-point land (206 of 618) and their opposition knocks down 70.8% of their free throw attempts. They concede 10.8 assists and 33.8 boards per game, which is ranked 46th and 139th in those defensive categories. The Blazers defensively are ranked 51st in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 64.8. They are able to force 16.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.2% from the field (63rd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech
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