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Old Dominion Monarchs visit UAB Blazers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Old Dominion MonarchsUAB Blazers
10-10January 30, 2014, 08:00 | Bartow Arena13-6

The UAB Blazers will hit the floor running against the visiting Old Dominion Monarchs Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Monarchs will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 10-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Blazers are 7-8 ATS. Old Dominion is 7-9 on the totals; UAB is 5-10.

View Old Dominion Monarchs vs UAB Blazers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Blazers in this one found them listed as -7-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Monarchs was expected to move the line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 71-rated Blazers and the No. 130-ranked Monarchs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Old Dominion was a 70-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tulane. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. The Monarchs grabbed a 70-64 win over the Green Wave on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Aaron Bacote at Ted Constant Center.

Last time out for UAB, they were a 70-63 winner as they battled Tulsa on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Rod Rucker scored 21 points leading the Blazers to a 70-63 victory over Tulsa at Reynolds Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UAB's No. 65-ranked scoring average of 75.89 PPG, against a Monarchs defense rated No. 41 and allowing 65 PPG. The Blazers FG% has averaged 42.1% to date this season, less than the Monarchs shooters have managed so far (43.74% per game).

Next up:
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, February 1st
UAB at East Carolina, Saturday, February 1st