UAB Blazers vs North Texas Mean Green Prediction, 1/6/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UAB Blazers vs North Texas Mean Green
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
UNT Coliseum is the location where the North Texas Mean Green (8-3) will go up against the UAB Blazers (12-3) on Thursday.
The UAB Blazers faced UTSA and went home with a win by a final score of 87-59 in their last contest. UAB finished the game having earned a 49.2% FG percentage (32 out of 65) and made 10 of their 21 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Blazers converted 13 of their 17 shots for a rate of 76.5%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 40 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 9 steals. When talking about the defense, UAB allowed 34.9% from the floor on 22 out of 63 shooting. UTSA distributed 8 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. Furthermore, UTSA grabbed 27 rebounds (10 offensive, 17 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. UTSA went 68.4% at the charity stripe by making 13 of their 19 shots. They made 2 of 15 shots from three-point range. Concerning personal fouls, the Blazers ended up walking away with 16 while UTSA recorded 14 personal fouls.
KJ Buffen is a player who was a major factor in the game. He was able to score 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29 minutes and also grabbed 9 boards. He shot 66.7% from the floor and recorded 1 assist.
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UAB enters this contest with a win-loss record of 12-3 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 82.1 pts per contest (19th in the nation) while hitting 46.7% from the floor. The Blazers are hitting 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc (120 of 330) and 69.6% from the free throw line. As a team, UAB is pulling down 39.6 boards per game and has racked up 210 dimes on the season, which ranks 62nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 11.4 times per game and as a team they are committing 16.6 fouls every game.
On defense, the Blazers are able to force 19.3 turnovers every game while drawing 15.7 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 33.0% on 3-point shots while they are 34th in the country in PPG allowed (60.9). The Blazers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 38.5% (324 of 841) and they relinquish 35.6 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 152nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 153 conceded so far this season.
In their last game, the North Texas Mean Green walked away with a victory by a final of 75-43 when they faced Rice. When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, North Texas permitted Rice to collect 25 overall (5 on the offensive side). They went 21.4% from three-point range by connecting on 3 out of 14 and ended up going 12 of 25 at the free throw line (48.0%). The Mean Green allowed Rice to convert 14 of their 44 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 31.8% for this game. When all was said and done, the Mean Green went 29 out of 74 from the field which had them shooting 39.2%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, North Texas buried 10 of their 31 tries (32.3%). They were able to convert 7 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 58.3%. Rice committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Mean Green to the free throw line for a total of 12 shots. They turned the ball over 6 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Mean Green were able to corral 26 defensive rebounds and 25 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 for the game.
Tylor Perry ended up being a factor for the Mean Green in this game. He buried 6 of 16 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 37.5%, and had 3 rebounds. He scored 18 points in his 30 minutes on the court and accounted for 5 dimes in this game.
North Texas has a win-loss record of 8-3 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Mean Green are shooting 41.9% from the floor, which ranks them 289th in college basketball. North Texas has tallied 734 pts on the campaign (66.7 per game) and they average 36.2 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 12.1 times per contest (275th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.7 times per contest. The Mean Green commit 16.1 fouls per contest while shooting 71.1% from the free throw line.
The North Texas defense allows 27.2% from downtown (47 of 173) and their opposition knocks down 60.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 8.4 assists and 30.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 3rd and 28th in college hoops. The Mean Green on the defensive side of the court are 2nd in college hoops in points allowed per game with 54.0. They are forcing 14.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (106th in D-1).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UAB
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