Free CBB Hoops Pick: Blazers vs Cougars Odds
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26-6 (10-3 V) UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars 23-10 (14-2 H)
2016 NIT Tournament
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Marriott Center, Provo, Utah
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: BYU -9.5
CBB Betting Total: 166.5
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The UAB Blazers have to be disappointed to be in this position as they get set to take on BYU on the first round of the NIT.
Things were expected to fall into this tournament for the Cougars, who likely needed a tourney win to get into the NCAA Tournament. That dream ended with a shootout against Gonzaga that saw them on the short end.
The Blazers ran away with C-USA in the regular season, at least giving them a spot here in the NIT.
However, they had their sights set on running through the tournament and really pushing for that cinderella type story in the March. Those plans came to a crashing halt against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
The Blazers split the season series with the Hilltoppers in the regular season, but trailed by as many as 21 in the 2nd half as they built a gap they couldn’t make up. With that, the non conference resume just wasn’t enough to get them in.
UAB will now look to pull off an upset in the first round of the NIT and it will have to come from their offensive firepower. The Blazers averaged over 77 points per game and that starts with Robert Brown. The guard leads the team with an average of 13.5 points per game.
BYU finished 23-10 on the season and 3rd in the regular season in conference play behind Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. However, their resume was just simply not good enough to compete with others.
The Cougars had no quality wins to add to their resume, forcing them to perform well in the conference tourney. They took Gonzaga to the brink in an absolute shootout, but eventually fell 88-84, ending their NCAA Tournament hopes.
BYU is likely to turn this into a shootout here. They average 85.3 points per home game on the season and aren’t shy about hoisting. The Cougars have also played much better defense at home.
Overall they have given up 72.7 points per game, but that number drops to 69.1 at home.
BYU has also dominated the home portion of their schedule, going 14-2. In lined games they’ve gone 8-4-1 ATS.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in UAB last 10 overall.
- BYU are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 home games.
Free UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars CBB Prediction:
This game has the feeling of a fast paced, very quick kind of game. Both teams will get up and down the floor and really push to get out in transition.
Motivation is the key here. BYU is better team and with the Blazers falling short in their conference tourney after winning the regular season, is the NIT a weak consolation prize?
4* Free CBB Betting Pick:BYU -9.5
Assume the motivation is low here for UAB. This team had the NCAA Tournament in their grasps, but a stumble in the tourney to WKU was something they didn’t quite expect.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: BYU 89 – UAB 74
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