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UTSA Roadrunners (13–18) vs. UAB Blazers (18–13)
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tipoff: 9:30 PM EST
Where: Ford Center in Frisco, TX
Odds: UAB Blazers -1.5
The #10 seed UTSA Roadrunners will take on the #7 seed UAB Blazers in the 1st round of the C-USA Tournament Wednesday night from the Ford Center. The Roadrunners went 7–11 in C-USA play while the Blazers compiled a .500 record in league play at 9–9. These teams split the season series (1–1 SU/ATS) with each team winning at home.
Jhivvan Jackson (27.2 PPG) will lead this UTSA team that averages 72.2 PPG which ranks them 32nd in college basketball. Keaton Wallace (18.5 PPG) is the second leading scorer and he has collected at least 18 points in three out of his last four games. The defense has been the issue with the Roadrunners all season as they allow 77.1 PPG which ranks them 330th, towards the bottom of the NCAA.
The UAB Blazers head into this first-round matchup having won two out of their last three games with their lone defeat in that span coming against UTSA. The Blazers are a team that relies on fantastic defense allowing only 65.1 PPG which ranks them 55th in the country. UAB averages only 67 PPG but they are an efficient shooting team knocking down 45.3% of their shots. The Blazers have won four of their last six non-home games.
These teams are familiar with each other and UAB will attempt to slow down the game and grind out possessions while attempting to slow down this UTSA offense. Jalen Benjamin is a name to keep your eye on as he is questionable with a shoulder injury. He is an integral part of this team and an important part of their success. With that being said, the UAB Blazers are 4–1 against the spread this season when favorites of less than five points and they win by an average of 4.5 points when they are listed as chalk.
Who has the edge?
All things equal, the UAB Blazers were the more consistent team this season and their defense will be key to winning on Wednesday. The Blazers must make Jhivvan Jackson take contested shots and not allow him to dictate the pace. Take the Blazers (-1.5) as slight favorites on a neutral court.