UAB will look to play spoiler when it goes on the road to face Texas on Tuesday night. The Blazers are 4-2 on the season, with their most recent outing being a 69-58 loss on the road against No. 9 Kentucky. Texas brings a 6-1 record into Tuesday’s home game, having just escaped with a 73-71 win against McNeese State at home on Saturday. The Longhorns’ lone loss came in an 82-66 decision against Georgetown in the 2K Empire Classic.
UAB looking for repeat road performanceUAB opened the season with a thrilling 76-75 win against Troy and followed it up with a 22-point win against Alabama A&M the following Monday. One of the Blazers’ two losses came in a 66-55 loss against Utah Valley at home. They were 7.5-point favorites in that game and were up by five points at halftime, but were outscored 41-25 in the second half. Since then, UAB has picked up a pair of wins against Mt St Mary’s and Lamar before falling to No. 9 Kentucky last Friday. The Blazers were 8 of 16 from 3-point land in the respectable road loss against one of the best teams in the country.
The Blazers are led by freshman guard Jalen Benjamin, who is scoring 13.5 points per game in his first collegiate season. Benjamin is 10 of 24 from downtown and 19 of 20 from the charity stripe. The youngster had 19 points in UAB’s road loss to the Wildcats last week. Sophomore guard Tavin Lovan is scoring 11.3 points per game and is pulling down 4.8 rebounds per game. He has struggled from the perimeter, shooting just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Zack Bryant is the only other player in double figures, scoring 11.0 points per game. He has had turnover problems, though, turning the ball over 3.3 times per outing. Junior forward Makhtar Gueye is the Blazers’ leading rebounder with 6.2 boards per game. Outside shooting has not come easy to Gueye, as he is 1 of 18 from downtown.
Texas off to hot startTexas is off to a hot start this season under Shaka Smart. The Longhorns are 6-1 on the year, with their lone loss coming to an upstart Georgetown team at Madison Square Garden. Texas opened the season with four wins—three of them came against Northern Colorado, Cal Baptist and Prairie View. The other win was different, it was a 70-66 upset victory at No. 23 Purdue in the second game of the season. Texas was a 7-point underdog in that game. After losing to Georgetown on Nov. 21, the Longhorns have picked up wins against California and McNeese State.
The Longhorns are led by junior guard Matt Coleman III, who is scoring 14.7 points per game and leading the team with 5.0 assists per game. He is one of the best 3-point shooters in the country at the moment, connecting on 15 of his 26 attempts from downtown. Coleman is also 18 of 21 from the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Andrew Jones is Texas’ other scorer in double digits, adding 11.3 points per game. He has not been nearly as efficient from beyond the arc, shooting 11 of 38 from deep. Jones has come off the bench in all seven games this season. Courtney Ramey is scoring 9.4 points per game and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per contest. The team’s leading rebounder is big man Jericho Sims, who is pulling down 7.4 rebounds to go along with 9.0 points per outing. Junior guard Jase Fabres has been a threat from distance, shooting 18 of 54 from behind the 3-point line.
- 4-1 ATS in its last five Tuesday games
- 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games following an ATS win
- 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 3-8 ATS in its last 11 Tuesday games
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight games following a loss
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight non-conference games