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#681 Memphis -8 vs.
#682 UAB 140.5
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The UAB Blazers will host the #15 Memphis Tigers in non-conference action Saturday evening from the Bartow Arena. The Tigers stomped Bradley 71-56 on Tuesday night, and the Blazers dropped a 67-57 road decision to Texas in their previous action. The Tigers recorded a 94-76 home win against the Blazers last season.

#15 Memphis Seeks Sixth Straight Victory

The Memphis Tigers are hunting for their sixth consecutive win in this one. They have tallied victories against Ole Miss and NC State in their winning streak and filed an easy 71-56 home win over Bradley on Tuesday night to cover the 12.5 point spread. The Tigers lone defeat came against a ranked Oregon team.

Precious Achiuwa has been a force, posting a double-double in three out of his last four games. The talented freshman forward has reached 20 points twice this season, and he features an average of 13.9 points along with a team-leading 9.4 rebounds. D.J. Jeffries is steadily contributing, filing at least a 50% clip from the field in all but one game this season. The 6-foot-7 freshman forward scored 23 points in a win against Ole Miss late last month, and he is avenging 12.3 points on 54.1% shooting. The Tigers are playing without one of their best players in James Wiseman until late next month due to an eligibility issue.

Memphis remains at #15 in the AP Top 25 and Ken Pomeroy interestingly has them at 37th overall in his ratings. The Tigers are averaging a remarkable 84.3 points, good for 11th in the country. Memphis is also playing great defense, holding opponents to 65.8 points, positioning them 128th overall. This will mark their first true road game.

UAB Falls to Kentucky and Texas

The UAB Blazers started the season with a 4-1 record but have since lost two straight games. Their schedule has been challenging. The Blazers lost 69-58 to #9 Kentucky this past weekend, followed by a 67-57 road loss to Texas on Tuesday night. They were competitive in both defeats which is a good sign going forward.

Jalen Benjamin struggled in the loss to Texas, sinking only 1 of 8 field-goal attempts for two points. Overall, the freshman guard is flashing his potential, netting at least 17 points three times, and he features a team-leading 11.9 points on 41% shooting. Tavin Lovan has been a threat, sporting a terrific 53% clip from the field and he scored 12 points on Tuesday night. The sophomore guard is posting 11.4 PPG and 5 RPG. Zack Bryant Makhtar Gueye is struggling in a big way, going 6 for 28 from the field over his last three games and the junior forward is averaging six points on a poor 29% efficiency from the field.

The Blazers are currently placed 145th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they hold a 3-1 record on their home court. UAB has not looked good offensively, averaging only 62.1 points, ranking them down at 327th overall. The Blazers are playing sharp defensve, and are holding opponents to 61.1 points, good for 39th in all of DI.

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I am selecting UAB in this contest. UAB has already played a few power conference teams and they will be ready for this one. They were very competitive against Kentucky and Duke as they only lost by 11 and 10 points respectively. The Blazers defensive play is a strength and their defense should keep them in this game. They have allowed 67 or fewer points in five of their seven games on the season.

Furthermore, Memphis is dangerous offensively but they will also squander a lot of points. They have allowed at least 78 points in two out of their last three games overall and they continue to play without talented freshman James Wiseman.

Prediction: UAB Blazers

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I am going with the over in this game. UAB has been tagged with low totals recently but the over has cashed in their last two games which occurred against Kentucky and Texas. Memphis plays at a very quick pace as they are averaging 79 possessions per game which is the 11th highest total in DI, so UAB should get their fair share of possession as well. The over is also 6-1 in the Tigers’ last seven games as a road favorite.

In addition, the Tigers are very potent offensively. They have accumulated over 80 points in five of their eight games on the season, and they feature several talented shooters which have resulted in a 48% team field goal efficiency. The over is a convincing 9-3 in the Blazers’ last 12 Saturday games.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Memphis team total offered on PointsBet is a solid play. UAB is all about defense and they also rebound well which will help them immensely. They are holding opens to 41% shooting. They limited #9 Kentucky to only 69 points which is significant considering Kentucky is averaging 77 points, plus they just held Texas to 67 points on Tuesday night.

Prediction: Memphis Team Total Under

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I am opting for the under on the first half total. UAB is really having trouble scoring in the first half this season, averaging only 27.1 points and 25 points in the opening half over their last three games. Memphis is playing outstanding defense in the first half where they are holding opponents to 29 points on the season.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.