UAB Blazers take on Pirates in NCAA basketball test
UAB Blazers vs East Carolina Pirates Odds
College basketball wagering interest will be high on Wednesday when the Blazers of UAB hit the hard court against the Pirates of East Carolina.
The Blazers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 8-13 ATS against the number this season, while the Pirates are 8-6-1 ATS. UAB is 9-10 on the totals; East Carolina is 10-2.
Bettors looking to back visiting UAB before tip-off in this one found them as 4-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 80 and the Blazers at No. 148 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-74 result in favor of the Pirates.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 19 nationally ranked offense (77 points per game) against a Blazers defense that sits as the No. 304 at 72.5 PPG. The Pirates have been averaging 44.8% from the field, more than the Blazers have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).
Defensively, UAB features the nation's No. 296-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.3 points per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 nationally in scoring at home.
UAB won its last outing, a 75-61 result against Marshall on February 9. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. UAB got 18 points from Rod Rucker en route to a 75-61 victory over Marshall on Saturday at Bartow Arena.
Last time out for East Carolina, they were an 83-73 loser as they battled Central Florida on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. The Pirates got a 24-point effort from Maurice Kemp, who added 11 rebounds, but Central Florida still managed to defeat East Carolinan 83-73 Saturday at UCF Arena.
UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Rice are 5-2
After playing Marshall are 7-3
After a win are 4-6
East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Southern Miss are 5-5
After playing Central Florida are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2
A few Blazers at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UAB's last 5 games on the road
UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against East Carolina
UAB is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
UAB is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina's last 5 games
East Carolina is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
East Carolina is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
East Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
UAB home to Rice, Saturday, February 16
East Carolina home to Southern Miss, Saturday, February 16