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Louisiana Tech vs UAB Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Blazers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at UAB Blazers
  • Where: Birmingham at Bartow Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th
  • Betting Odds: Louisiana Tech +8.5, LOUTCH +293 | UAB -383 O/U 150.0

Bulldogs Preview:

Louisiana Tech heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-9. So far, the Bulldogs have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. For the season, Louisiana Tech has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulldogs being +8.5 point underdogs.

Louisiana Tech’s leading scorer this season is Cobe Williams, who is averaging 18.72 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 22.3% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.06 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Keaston Willis is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 12.35 points per game. Between him and Willis, they are accounting for 38.7% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Louisiana Tech is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 20 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.28% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Blazers Preview:

UAB will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Louisiana Tech in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far this season, UAB has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Blazers as the -8.5 point favorites. The Blazers have been favored 16 times, going 11-5 straight up.

Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Blazers’ top scorer Jordan Walker is listed as questionable. In his 16 games, he is averaging 23.75 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Jordan Walker out of the lineup, Eric Gaines is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 12.55 points per contest to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

Through 20 games, UAB has been playing well on offense, averaging 80.7 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Blazers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.97 made 3’s per contest.

Free Spread Prediction: UAB Blazers -8.5

For this game between the UAB Blazers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, we think that Louisiana Tech has a good chance of keeping the game closer than expected. The Bulldogs have historically performed well against the spread as the underdog, posting a record of 4-1 in their last 5 games. Additionally, the two teams have different playing styles, with UAB preferring a faster pace and Louisiana Tech preferring a slower game. We think this will benefit the Bulldogs, as there will be fewer possessions for UAB to pull ahead. Based on these factors, we feel confident about placing a bet on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to cover as the +8.5 point underdogs.