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#4747 UAB vs.
#4748 San Francisco
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 11:30pm EST
Written by Ben the Pen

We have the final of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night at 9pmET. San Francisco will meet UAB after both won by double digits on Thursday night.

The Dons had a little more trouble with pesky Towson team, winning 71-61, while the Blazers upended New Mexico 86-73.

Blazers are blazing

UAB came into last night's game with a 4-1 record. They hadn't really been tested until falling to South Carolina 66-63 on Nov. 21. Four days later, they took on New Mexico on Thanksgiving night and UAB shot 49% from the floor and 9-of-25 (36%) from beyond the arc. They won this game on the boards by outrebounding the Lobos by 18. Jordan Walker led the Blazers with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including 21 points in the second half and he added six assists (8 turnovers). Turnovers weren't a huge factor as the Blazers committed 19, but forced 20 in the sloppy affair.

On the season, the Walker leads UAB with 18.8 points per game and 5.4 assists on 50% 3-point shooting. Guard Quan Jackson added 13 points on 47.5% shooting (28.6% 3pt). UAB averages 86.7 points per game on 48.8% shooting (36.7% 3pt). They allow 64.8 points per game on 42.2% shooting (40.4% 3pt). They outrebound teams by 5.8 per game.

Boyea is special

Remember the name Jamaree Bouyea. He will be playing at the next level. The 6-2 guard scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists in leading San Francisco to a 71-61 lead over Towson in the later game of the Las Vegas Invitational. San Francisco was a 13-point favorite and led by nine, 39-30 at the end of the half. But they couldn't extend the lead until late in the game when a short-handed Towson squad ran out of gas. Center Yayhen Massalski added 13 points and five boards. San Francisco shot well from beyond the arc (11-25, 44%) and from the field (49%). The Dons also held the Tigers to just 38% shooting from the field and forced 12 turnovers.

Bouyea leads the Dons with 19.2 points per game and 3.7 assists on 53.8% shooting (38.5% 3pt). Guard Khalil Shabazz adds 12 points on 38.1% shooting. San Francisco averages 81.3 points per game on 49.6% shooting (37.1% 3pt). They allow 65.3 points per game on 41.8% shooting (28.8% 3pt).

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San Francisco is now 7-0 and didn't play their best game on Thursday. They didn't need to be great to beat Towson, but will play better against UAB. The Dons have the size that can bother teams led by Patrick Tape (6-10, 240) and Massalski (6-9, 240). If they want to go really big, they throw in 7-2, 270-pound Volodymyr Markovetskyy. Bouyea will be the best player on the floor and Shabazz, who had an off-game yesterday, will be man on a mission. Take the Dons.

Prediction: San Francisco to cover

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UAB wants to push the pace. They rank 75th in the nation in pace of play, while San Francisco ranks 105th. Both teams are capable of scoring in the eighties and once again, I'm concerned with UAB's three-point defense. New Mexico shot 8-of-19, but that didn't have a huge effect on the game. San Francisco is a different story. They launched 25 three-pointers against Towson and made 44% of their shots against a decent defensive team. I'm sure Andy Kennedy will be harping on their three-point defense but it's not going to change overnight. Take the over

Prediction: Over
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Written By Ben Hayes , "Ben the Pen"

Ben has been a sports writer for over 35 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for nearly 30 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13! Ben has had great success in handicapping college football, the NFL, college basketball, the NBA and MLB for 27+ years. His Twitter handle is @BenHayesWAW