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Owls open as college hoops underdog vs Blazers

UAB BlazersFlorida Atlantic Owls
14-8February 08, 2014, 07:00 | FAU Arena8-15

UAB travels to Florida Atlantic on Saturday, hoping to boost its 14-8 record with a victory over the Owls.

The Owls sit at 8-15 (9-8-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Blazers are currently 14-8 (8-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Florida Atlantic is 6-11-1 OU, and UAB is 7-11 OU.

View UAB Blazers vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Owls as 1.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Owls rated this week at No. 185 and the Blazers sitting at No. 114.

UAB was a 78-73 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida International. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Blazers endured a 78-73 loss at the hands of the Golden Panthers on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Chad Frazier at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Florida Atlantic was a 67-63 loser in its last match at home against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Florida Atlantic suffered a 67-63 loss against Middle Tennessee on Thursday, getting 19 points from Marquan Botley in a losing effort at FAU Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Florida Atlantic has the nation's No. 215-rated offensive output, at 67 PPG. The visiting Blazers defense ranks No. 167 allowing on average 71.18 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 42.68% so far, more than the Blazers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.33% per game.

A few Blazers at Owls trends to consider:
UAB is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
UAB is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
UAB is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games

Next up:
UAB home to Southern Miss, Thursday, February 13th
Florida Atlantic at Texas El Paso, Thursday, February 13th