FIU Panthers vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 2/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: FIU Panthers vs UAB Blazers
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
Bartow Arena is where the UAB Blazers (15-8) will take on the FIU Panthers (11-11) on Saturday.
The FIU Panthers stepped onto the hardwood against MTSU and notched a win by a score of 82-74 in their last contest. FIU finished the contest having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (28 of 57) and buried 12 out of their 23 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Panthers made 14 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 82.4%. Regarding rebounding, they collected 34 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and having 10 steals. Pertaining to defense, FIU allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the floor on 26 of 54 shooting. MTSU doled out 11 dimes and had 13 steals in the matchup. Moreover, MTSU had 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. MTSU finished shooting 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 14 of their 21 attempts. They also converted 8 of 24 tries from beyond the perimeter. Regarding fouls, the Panthers ended up with 18 while MTSU finished the game with 20 fouls.
Denver Jones is one player who was a major factor in this matchup. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor and recorded 3 dimes. He saw the court for 31 minutes and snagged 7 rebounds. He accounted for 21 points on 6 of 15 shooting.
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FIU comes into this matchup with a mark of 11-11 on the season. They turn it over 15.2 times per game and as a group are committing 16.3 fouls per game. As a team, FIU is collecting 32.2 boards per contest and has 277 dimes so far this season, which is 253rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Panthers are connecting on 32.2% on 3-pointers (156 of 484) and 69.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 72.4 points per game (166th in the nation) while going 46.7% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Panthers are forcing 16.4 turnovers per game while drawing 15.1 fouls. They are ranked 280th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 315 conceded for the campaign. The Panthers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.1% (582 of 1,321) and they surrender 37.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are surrendering 36.3% from 3-point land and they are ranked 311th in D-1 in PPG allowed (74.3).
In their last game, the UAB Blazers went home victorious with a score of 70-52 against Rice. The Blazers pulled down 30 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 42 for this contest. They also gave up possession 11 times, while getting 12 steals for the matchup. Rice committed 17 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.7%. With respect to 3-point attempts, UAB buried 6 of their 14 attempts (42.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Blazers went 25 out of 58 from the field which had them sitting at 43.1%. The Blazers allowed Rice to knock down 19 of their 57 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.3% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 30.8% from distance by connecting on 8 out of 26 and finished the game at 6 out of 7 from the free throw line (85.7%). In regard to rebounds, UAB permitted Rice to get 28 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Ledarrius Brewer was important for the Blazers in the matchup. He racked up 20 points in his 32 mins on the court and totaled 2 dimes for this game. He made 8 of 14 in this game for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and had 3 rebounds.
UAB has a record of 15-8 this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blazers are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which ranks 147th in the nation. UAB has 1,889 points on the season (82.1 per contest) and they grab 41.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 15.5 times per contest (41st in Division 1) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Blazers have committed 17.7 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.5% from the free throw line.
The Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 237th in college hoops in PPG given up with 71.4. They are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (90th in college hoops). The UAB defense allows 33.9% on 3-point attempts (173 of 511) and their opponents are knocking down 71.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 12.7 dimes and 34.9 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 188th and 235th in college basketball.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take FIU
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