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LSU favored by -9.5 against UAB on Saturday

UAB BlazersLSU Tigers
9-2December 21, 2013, 05:00 | Pete Maravich Assembly Center7-2

LSU looks to cover the Tigers-Blazers pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 7-2 mark when they host UAB in college basketball wagering action.

The Tigers bring a 7-2 record (2-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-2 Blazers, who are 5-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed LSU go 1-4-1 so far and the Blazers go 3-6.

View UAB Blazers vs LSU Tigers Odds and Stats.

The Tigers were listed as -9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 138 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Blazers, who rate No. 93 in the latest survey.

In their last action, UAB was a 67-52 winner at home against Chattanooga. They failed to cover the 18.5-point spread as favorites. The Blazers got 17 points from Jordan Swing as UAB ran past Chattanooga 67-52 on Wednesday at Bartow Arena.

LSU was a 71-69 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Texas Tech. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Anthony Hickey scored 16 points leading the Tigers to a 71-69 victory over Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits LSU's No. 68-ranked offense, averaging 77.89 PPG, against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 138 at 70.36 PPG. The Tigers field goal percentage has averaged 46.81% so far, more than the Blazers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.56% per game.

A few Blazers at Tigers trends to consider:
UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
UAB is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
UAB is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 6 games on the road
LSU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
LSU is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
LSU is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
UAB home to Alabama A&M, Sunday, December 29th
LSU at McNeese State, Saturday, December 28th