UAB Blazers vs Florida Atlantic Owls Prediction, 3/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UAB Blazers vs Florida Atlantic Owls
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Location: Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: UAB (+2)
The Florida Atlantic Owls (29-3) welcome the UAB Blazers (24-9) at Ford Center at the Star on Saturday. UAB opens as 2-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 149.5.
The UAB Blazers took the court against Rice and earned the victory with a final of 87-60 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Blazers walked away with 13 while Rice finished the game with 19 personal fouls. They also buried 10 of 24 attempts from distance. Rice ended up shooting 72.7% at the charity stripe by burying 8 of 11 attempts. Moreover, Rice grabbed 23 rebounds (1 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Rice dished out 16 assists and had 2 steals in this contest. Pertaining to defending, UAB allowed 45.7% from the field on 21 out of 46 shooting. They also recorded 13 assists in the game in addition to forcing 20 turnovers and getting 10 steals. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they compiled 33 with 7 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Blazers knocked down 16 of their 21 shots for a rate of 76.2%. UAB walked away from the game with a 50.8% field goal percentage (30 of 59) and knocked down 11 of their 22 3-point attempts.
Jordan Walker is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He walked away with 27 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played for 27 minutes played and pulled down 2 rebounds. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes.
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UAB steps onto the hardwood with a record of 24-9 for the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, UAB is pulling down 40.9 rebounds per game and has 496 dimes on the year, which is 36th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Blazers are connecting on 36.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (243 of 663) and 73.3% from the free throw line. They average 82.5 points per game (8th in college basketball) while connecting on 46.0% from the floor.
Defensively, the Blazers are able to force 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 198th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 411 relinquished this season. The Blazers defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 41.8% (838 of 2,005) and they concede 34.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 32.6% from 3-point land and they rank 220th in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Florida Atlantic Owls took home the win by a final score of 75-51 when they faced Western Kentucky. With respect to how they rebounded, Florida Atlantic permitted Western Kentucky to collect 32 in all (11 on the offensive glass). They finished 20.7% from 3-point land by going 6 of 29 and ended up shooting 9 of 15 from the free throw line (60.0%). The Owls permitted Western Kentucky to convert 18 of 66 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 27.3% for this game. Overall, the Owls went 31 for 63 from the floor which had them shooting 49.2%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Florida Atlantic knocked down 5 of 26 tries (19.2%). They were able to convert 8 of them for a rate of 72.7%. Western Kentucky had 13 fouls for the matchup which took the Owls to the free throw line for 11 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while recording 10 steals for this game. The Owls were able to corral 36 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in this contest.
Johnell Davis was important for the Owls for the game. He totaled 14 points in his 25 minutes on the court and had 4 dimes in this game. He converted 5 out of 10 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds.
Florida Atlantic has a win-loss record of 29-3 on the campaign. The Owls are responsible for committing 15.9 personal fouls per game and they shoot 71.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per game (60th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per game. Florida Atlantic has scored 2,533 points so far this season (79.2 per game) and they grab 38.6 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Owls are hitting on 47.2% from the field, which has them ranked 40th in college hoops.
The Florida Atlantic defense concedes 32.7% on shots from 3-point land (208 of 636) and their opposition makes 74.1% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 7.9 dimes and 32.7 rebounds every game, which ranks them 4th and 93rd in D-1. The Owls defensively are ranked 48th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 65.3. They are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (28th in D-1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Florida Atlantic (-2)
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