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South Alabama vs UAB Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds
Jaguars vs Blazers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: South Alabama Jaguars at UAB Blazers
- Where: Birmingham at Bartow Arena
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds: South Alabama +13.5, SALA +670 | UAB -1205 O/U 149.5
South Alabama heads into this matchup having played 8 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-5. So far, the Jaguars have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, South Alabama has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 0-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jaguars being +13.5 point underdogs.
South Alabama’s leading scorer this season is Isaih Moore who is averaging 20.25 points per contest. So far, Moore has accounted for 28.57% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.75 rebounds per game and 5.62 assists. Kevin Samuel is the second leading scorer for the Jaguars, averaging 11.88 points per game. Between him and Samuel, they are accounting for 45.3% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Alabama this season, as they are currently ranked 186th in college basketball at 71.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Jaguars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 279th in the NCAA.
Through 7 games, the UAB Blazers have an overall record of 6-1. Currently, the Blazers have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 4-0. The Blazers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -13.5 points in their favor. For the season, UAB has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1.
UAB will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Walker who is averaging 24.83 points per game for the Blazers. Walker 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 Blazers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Eric Gaines who has hit 43.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.14 points per game.
Through 7 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: South Alabama Jaguars +13.5
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the South Alabama Jaguars to cover as +13.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both South Alabama and UAB come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Jaguars and the fact that they have 4-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on the road.
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