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.
UAB hosts nationally ranked Memphis on Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.— UAB Men's Basketball (@UAB_MBB) December 4, 2019
in the 10th Bartow Classic. Tickets at the link 👇. Come celebrate Gene Bartow's life & accomplishments. $2 from each single game ticket sold goes to the Gene Bartow Fund for Cancer Research.
🎟️ https://t.co/nIfF4Bku2R pic.twitter.com/fzY0CEA9RN
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.
The Memphis Tigers are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The UAB Blazers are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
- The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between Memphis and UAB.