Check out our free UAB vs Middle Tennessee pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Murfreesboro. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
UAB vs Middle Tennessee Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds
Blazers vs Blue Raiders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UAB Blazers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
- Where: Murfreesboro at Murphy Athletic Center
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds: UAB -1.5, UAB -130 | MTNST +107 O/U 147.5
The UAB Blazers head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 13-5. On the road, the Blazers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Blazers have been favored 14 times, going 11-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have UAB as -1.5 point favorites.
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 12.28 points per contest to go along with 3.33 rebounds and 4.78 assists.
Through 18 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.
Blue Raiders Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs UAB, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 10-7. Currently, the Blue Raiders have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. So far, the Blue Raiders have been the underdog 6 times, going 2-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.35 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.65 boards per contest. Behind Dishman, the team has benefited from the strong play of Eli Lawrence, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.5% of his shots and is adding 4.29 boards per game.
On offense, Middle Tennessee is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 17 games, they have only hit 32.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: UAB Blazers -1.5
For this showdown between the UAB Blazers and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, UAB and Middle Tennessee are 242nd and 184th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate UAB continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 37.9% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -1.5 in favor of UAB, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.