Morehead State Eagles vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 3/19/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Morehead State Eagles vs UAB Blazers
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Location: Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Morehead State (+15)
Bartow Arena is the location where the UAB Blazers (26-10) will go up against the Morehead State Eagles (22-11) on Sunday. Morehead State opens this contest as 15-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 145.
The Morehead State Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against Clemson and went home with a win by a final score of 68-64 in their last game. Morehead State ended the contest having earned a 35.0% FG percentage (21 out of 60) and buried 11 of 33 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Eagles converted 15 of their 16 tries for a rate of 93.8%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 36 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 assists for this contest as well as forcing 7 turnovers and having 4 steals. Concerning the defense, Morehead State allowed the other team to go 41.0% from the floor on 25 of 61 shooting. Clemson recorded 13 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Moreover, Clemson pulled down 38 boards (8 offensive, 30 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Clemson finished the game at 57.1% from the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 14 attempts. They converted 6 of 28 tries from distance. When talking about fouls, the Eagles left the arena with 13 and Clemson racked up 13 fouls.
Mark Freeman is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He finished the game at 23.8% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and collected 3 rebounds. He recorded 19 points on 5 out of 21 shooting.
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Morehead State enters this one with a win-loss record of 22-11 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 15.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Morehead State is pulling in 35.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 456 assists for the campaign, which ranks 114th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Eagles are shooting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (247 of 697) and 72.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 70.2 pts per game (211th in D-1) while shooting 43.8% from the floor.
Defensively, the Eagles are able to force 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. They are 41st in college hoops in allowing assists with 349 conceded this year. The Eagles defense is allowing a FG percentage of 43.6% (813 of 1,866) and they concede 31.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They surrender 31.6% on shots from distance while they are 68th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (66.3).
In their last game, the UAB Blazers took home the win by a final score of 88-60 when they played Southern Miss. The Blazers were able to snag 26 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards totaling 44 for this contest. They turned it over 19 times, while recording 10 steals for this game. Southern Miss earned 15 fouls for this contest which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for 18 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of those for a clip of 72.2%. With respect to 3-point attempts, UAB made 7 out of 23 attempts (30.4%). In all, the Blazers walked away from this one shooting 34 for 71 from the field which had them shooting 47.9%. The Blazers allowed Southern Miss to make 22 out of 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.1% in this matchup. They shot 25.0% from beyond the arc by going 8 of 32 and finished the contest at 8 out of 9 at the charity stripe (88.9%). With respect to how they rebounded, UAB permitted Southern Miss to grab 28 overall (8 offensive).
KJ Buffen pitched in for the Blazers for the game. He had 26 points in his 33 mins on the court and had 3 dimes in this game. He converted 11 out of 21 for this game for a field goal rate of 52.4%, and accumulated 12 rebounds.
UAB has a record of 26-10 so far this season. As an offense, the Blazers are connecting on 45.6% from the floor, which ranks 112th in college basketball. UAB has accounted for 2,941 pts this year (81.7 per contest) and they grab 40.7 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.6 times per game (78th in the country) and they are turning it over 13.1 times per game. The Blazers are committing 17.5 fouls every game and they go 73.6% from the free throw line.
The Blazers on defense are ranked 214th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 71.1. They are able to force 14.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (62nd in the country). The UAB defense allows 32.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (262 of 811) and their opposition knocks down 72.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 12.5 dimes and 34.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is 167th and 230th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Morehead State (+15)
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