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UAB vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 10th Betting Odds
Blazers vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UAB Blazers at West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Morgantown at WVU Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, December 10th
- Betting Odds: UAB +5.5, UAB +182 | WVIR -227 O/U 153.5
Through 8 games, the UAB Blazers have an overall record of 7-1. So far, the Blazers have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. When looking at the betting lines, UAB will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +5.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 2-0 as the betting underdog.
UAB will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Walker who is averaging 25.57 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 KJ Buffen who has hit 51.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.38 points per game.
Through 8 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.
The West Virginia Mountaineers head into today’s game in what will be their 10th game of the season, posting a record of 7-2. Currently, the Mountaineers have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Mountaineers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, West Virginia has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0.
West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 14.22 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson 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 Mountaineers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 56.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.89 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the West Virginia Mountaineers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although West Virginia as a team is just 375th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Blazers’ defense. At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Mountaineers to come out on top and cover.