College hoops action on Saturday afternoon and a pair of teams from Conference U.S.A. will square off as the UAB Blazers grapple with the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Florida. These teams met once last year and the Blazers won that game at home by a score of 67-50. UAB enters this game at 11-7 overall, including 2-3 in league play while the Owls are 3-1 within Conference U.S.A. and 11-6 overall.
The Road Has Not Been Kind To The BlazersThe UAB Blazers have had a nice 11-7 start to their year but they have gone just 2-3 in league play thus far. both wins have come at home while all three losses have been on the road. In their last game, the Blazers fell to the FIU Golden Panthers on the road by a score of 93-68 and they have now averaged just 54.7 ppg in their three conference road games while averaging just 59.4 ppg in league play overall. The offense has been an issue for UAB all season so far and they will look to get it going in this one against an FAU defense that has allowed just 74.2 ppg in league play thus far.
Back to the 25 point loss to FIU. The Blazers shot just 42% from the field overall, including 37.5% (6/16) from long range while committing 15 turnovers. Leading the attack was Will Butler, who had 11 while Tyreek Scott-Grayson and Tavin Lovan each had 10. The defense has been among the best in the nation but it didn't get the memo that there was a game on this night. FIU hung up 93 points on an impressive 63% shooting from the field overall, including 69.6% (16/23) shooting from long range. The Blazers will be facing another decent offensive team in this one so it will be interesting to see if their defense can get back on track.
UAB enters this game ranked 323rd in the nation in scoring at 64.3 ppg, 167th in field goal percentage at 43.9%, 274th in three-point shooting at 31.3% and 236th in free-throw shooting at 68.1%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 30th in points allowed at 61.4 ppg, 49th in defensive FG% at 39.4% and 86th in three-point defense at 30.8%.
The Owls Have Been Flying High At HomeThe Florida Atlantic Owls have been the opposite of the UAB Blazers as they are 3-2 in league play while both losses coming on the road while all three wins have been here at home. The Owls are now an impressive 10-1 at home for the year and they have averaged 78.2 ppg while allowing 67.5 ppg in those games. The Owls have been a decent offensive team this year and they are off of a 97-94 OT win over Middle Tennessee State at home. Yes, the game went to OT but the Owls still put up 85 points in regulation. Keeping that offense going will not be all that easy against a UAB squad that has allowed just 61.4 ppg on the year.
Florida Atlantic shot 51% from the field overall, including 38% (11/29) from downtown. Those are very solid numbers and they had just nine turnovers in the contest. Leading their attack was Cornelius Taylor, who had 26 points while Richardson Maitre had 19 and Jailyn Ingram had 16. The defense did not have it's finest moment as they allowed the Blue Raiders to connect on 46% of their shots from the field overall, including 56% of their shots from long range. The Owls did force 14 turnovers and that was pretty much the difference in the game. They will be taking on one of the worst offenses in the nation in this one.
There were plenty of heroes (including the fans) in the Owls' overtime victory over Middle Tennessee on Thursday night: https://t.co/oZkrHJ6zIz— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) January 17, 2020
The Owls enter this game ranked 142nd in the nation in scoring at 72.8 ppg, 197th in field goal percentage at 43.5%, 159th in three-point shooting at 33.8% and 250th in free-throw shooting at 67.8%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 168th in points allowed at 68.5 ppg, 226th in defensive FG% at 43.5% and 262nd in three-point defense at 34.4%.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com UAB is:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game
- The Road team is just 1-10 ATS the last 11 games in this series
Florida Atlantic is:
- 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game
- 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss