Florida Atlantic Owls vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 2/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Florida Atlantic Owls vs UAB Blazers
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
The Florida Atlantic Owls (21-1) are en route to Bartow Arena on Thursday where they will take on the UAB Blazers (15-8).
The Florida Atlantic Owls faced off with Western Kentucky and notched a win by a score of 70-63 in their last contest. Florida Atlantic ended the contest with a 37.1% FG percentage (23 out of 62) and knocked down 13 out of their 38 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Owls knocked down 11 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 64.7%. In relation to grabbing boards, they collected 42 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 16 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 5 steals. Concerning the defense, Florida Atlantic allowed the other team to go 36.5% from the floor on 23 out of 63 shooting. Western Kentucky distributed 3 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. Furthermore, Western Kentucky grabbed 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Western Kentucky shot 75.0% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 20 attempts. They also converted 2 of their 13 tries from three-point range. Regarding fouls, the Owls finished with 20 and Western Kentucky accounted for 18 fouls.
Brandon Weatherspoon is someone who had an impact for the contest. He totaled 14 points on 4 out of 6 shooting. He was on the court for 18 mins and grabbed 6 boards. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended.
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Florida Atlantic heads into this game with a win-loss record of 21-1 so far this year. They are averaging 77.5 points per game (54th in Division 1) while shooting 46.7% from the field. The Owls are hitting 37.2% on 3-point shots (215 of 578) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Florida Atlantic is snagging 39.5 rebounds per contest and has tallied 333 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 71st in D-1 in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 15.8 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Owls are able to force 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 16.6 personal fouls. They are ranked 3rd in the nation in giving up assists with 179 conceded on the campaign. The Owls defense is allowing a FG percentage of 40.0% (511 of 1,278) and they concede 32.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They surrender 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 39th in college hoops in PPG allowed (63.5).
The last time they took the court, the UAB Blazers got the victory with a final of 70-52 when they faced Rice. The Blazers earned 30 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the game. They also turned it over 11 times, while getting 12 steals in the matchup. Rice committed 17 fouls in this contest which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to make 14 of them for a percentage of 73.7%. In terms of shooting from downtown, UAB made 6 out of 14 tries (42.9%). Overall, the Blazers ended up shooting 25 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.1%. The Blazers permitted Rice to knock down 19 out of their 57 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.3% in this game. They finished shooting 30.8% from distance via 8 out of 26 and finished the game at 6 of 7 from the free throw line (85.7%). When discussing how they rebounded, UAB allowed Rice to snag 28 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Ledarrius Brewer ended up having an impact for the Blazers in this contest. He racked up 20 points in his 32 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes for the contest. He knocked down 8 of 14 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and totaled 3 rebounds.
UAB has a mark of 15-8 on the season. The Blazers are committing 17.7 fouls per game and they hit 73.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 15.5 times per contest (40th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.3 times per game. UAB has accounted for 1,889 pts so far this season (82.1 per contest) and they average 41.3 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blazers are shooting 45.2% from the field, which is ranked 149th in D-1.
The UAB defense allows 33.9% on shots from distance (173 of 511) and opponents are converting on 71.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 12.7 assists and 34.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 187th and 232nd in college hoops. The Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 236th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 71.4. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (93rd in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Florida Atlantic
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