UAB Blazers at UTSA Roadrunners – NCAAM February 26

UAB (18-5, 10-4) at UT San Antonio (12-9, 8-6)

  • Time:4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
  • Location: Convocation Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • TV: ESPN+

Opening Tip:

UAB is two games back of North Texas and tied in the loss column with Louisiana Tech in the CUSA West. The Blazers have lost three out of their last five games as they have had offensive struggles which put more pressure on their defense.

UTSA has been the hottest team in the league of late as the Roadrunners have won seven of their last eight games and have moved into fourth in the CUSA West. They have been able to ramp up their offense to where Coach Steve Henson wants it to be and have been able to keep it at a high level.

The Blazers have a 7-4 lead in the series with the Roadrunners and they are also 3-2 in the Convocation Center in San Antonio. UTSA has not played since Feb. 13 as the back-to-back at Charlotte last weekend was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

Vs The Spread:

UAB:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of UAB’s last 20 games
  • The Blazers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. UTSA
  • The UNDER has also been the play in 6 of UAB’s last 8 road outings

UTSA:

  • The Roadrunners are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of UTSA’s last 7 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the last 5 games between UTSA and UAB

Last Time Out:

UAB took a 117-45 win over Rust College on Monday night, but the Blazers split two games last weekend at home against Old Dominion where they lost 65-58 on Saturday. Quan Jackson had a career-high 28 points for the Blazers as he scored 23 in the second half. UAB closed to within 62-58 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Monarchs made free throws late to secure the win.

Jhivvan Jackson scored 20 points as he made 8-of-13 field goals while hitting a pair of threes as UTSA ran past Florida Atlantic, 86-75, on Feb. 13.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
UAB -3½ (-115) -170 O 144 (-110)
Texas San Antonio +3½ (-105) +150 U 144 (-110)

Advantage, UAB:

UAB’s defense is 299th in time of possession as the Blazers make opponents work for an average of 17.9 seconds per possession. The first thing they have to do is get back in transition on defense and then identify where Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace are in relation to setting up their half-court defense. The Blazers are 15th in effective defensive field goal percentage while holding opposing offenses to 29.5 percent from behind the arc.

Key Blazers Stat:

The Blazers have offensive firepower, so they’re going to explore a UTSA defense that in 278th in the NCAA in adjusted defensive field goal efficiency. Leading scorer Tavin Lovan (12.6 ppg) gets to the rim and has attempted 106 free throws to date and he shoots 55.6 percent from the floor. Look for the Blazers to threaten the paint repeatedly as the Roadrunners’ opponents make 51.5 percent of their shots in mid-range and/or the paint. Michael Ertel (12.5 ppg) and Tyreek-Scott Grayson can also be factors offensively as Scott-Grayson averages double figures (10.2 ppg) in CUSA play.

X-Factor:

The Blazers don’t shoot the three well (29.6%), but may find triples against the Roadrunners’ three-point offense as it allows opponents to 34.2 percent on the season. Jalen Benjamin is the leader with 25 makes while Scott-Grayson shoots 43.3 percent (23-of-53). UTSA has given up 104 three-point attempts in the last four games.

Advantage, UTSA:

UTSA Roadrunners LogoJhivann Jackson (20.4 ppg, 46.6%) is a scoring machine and will be a test for what has been a solid UAB defense. Jackson is second in career CUSA scoring (2,146 points) and he leads CUSA in made field goals with 832. He has made 26-of-45 field goals over his last three games and 24 ppg. over those three. The presence of Keaton Wallace (15.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg) makes Jackson even more effective as Wallace plays the same style of game as he gets to the rim and consistently hits the three. The duo has been the highest scoring tandem in the nation in the last two seasons and pose a major threat to any opponent.

Key Roadrunners Stat:

UTSA looks to fast break and get the basketball into the paint as the Roadrunner have scored 37 points off the break and 106 in the paint in their last three games. The offense yields 77.9 points and 43.5 percent from the floor and will be a stern test for a UAB defense that has allowed only 59.9 points per game while opponents have shot 39.2 percent from the field.

X-Factor:

Jacob Germany (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) in the pivot makes the Roadrunners even tougher because with his 6-11 frame, he has shot 49.7 percent from the field. He will go up against a solid shot-shot-blocker in UAB’s Trey Jemison, who has 52 blocked shots so far this season.

Winner: UTSA (+3½) 73, UAB 67

The Bets
UTSA +3½
-105
UTSA
+150
UNDER 144
-110
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