Check out our free North Texas vs UAB pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Birmingham. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
North Texas vs UAB Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Mean Green vs Blazers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Texas Mean Green at UAB Blazers
- Where: Birmingham at Bartow Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: North Texas +4, NTX +151 | UAB -187 O/U 130.5
Mean Green Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs UAB, the North Texas Mean Green will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 15-5. So far, the Mean Green have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 8-2. For the season, North Texas has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mean Green being +4 point underdogs.
North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.67 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Mean Green’s offensive game plan is the play of Kai Huntsberry who has hit 34.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.2 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.
The UAB Blazers head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 13-6. So far this season, UAB has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Blazers as the -4 point favorites. The Blazers have been favored 15 times, going 11-4 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 12.42 points per contest to go along with 3.42 rebounds and 4.63 assists.
Through 19 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: North Texas Mean Green +4
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both UAB and North Texas are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 7.97 and 8.33 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the North Texas Mean Green to cover as +4 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Blazers’ outside shooters to make things difficult for UAB. At +4 we like the chances of North Texas covering the spread as underdogs.