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UAB Blazers face North Texas Mean Green: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

UAB BlazersNorth Texas Mean Green
12-5January 23, 2014, 08:00 | The Super Pit10-8

The North Texas Mean Green will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the UAB Blazers at The Super Pit on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

North Texas battles the Blazers, currently sitting with a 12-5 mark (6-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-7 for the Mean Green and 5-8 for the Blazers.

View UAB Blazers vs North Texas Mean Green Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with North Texas in this one found them as 1-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game matches up the No. 233 (Mean Green) and the No. 104 (Blazers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

UAB was a 63-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Texas El Paso. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. The Blazers endured a 63-61 loss at the hands of the Miners on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Rod Rucker at Bartow Arena.

Last time out for North Texas, they were a 76-74 loser as they battled Charlotte on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. Brandan Walton scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Mean Green to a win (they lost 76-74 to Charlotte at Dale F. Halton Arena on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features North Texas's No. 127-ranked scoring average of 72.56 PPG, against a Blazers defense rated No. 165 and allowing 71.12 PPG. The Mean Green FG% has averaged 42.87% to date this season, less than the Blazers shooters have managed so far (43.12% per game).

Next up:
UAB at Tulsa, Saturday, January 25th
North Texas at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, January 25th