The UAB Blazers (1-0) will be at home in Bartow Arena when they clash with the Chattanooga Mocs (0-1). UAB is a 12.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 139 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 13, 2017.
Chattanooga Mocs vs. UAB Blazers Free Preview
The Mocs were beaten by the Wyoming Cowboys in their last contest, 74-65, but did cover as 14.5-point underdogs. Chattanoogas Nat Dixon put together a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Wyoming did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (24-30; 80.0 percent). Chattanooga, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (22.5 vs. 12.1). The two teams combined to score 139 points, which came in under the O/U total of 146.5.
The last time the Blazers played, they blew out the Jacksonville Dolphins, 96-67. With 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Chris Cokley was the games high scorer. UAB dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.316 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.684. Jacksonville put up marks of 0.095 and 0.484, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the UAB offense. Since the 2016-17 season, UAB ranks 270th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.0 percent), while the pesky defense of Chattanooga has forced the 27th-most turnovers in the nation (22.1 percent).
The Mocs have had a respectable 19-13 straight up (SU) record since last season, but are just 10-17 against the spread (ATS). Games including Chattanooga have had a tendency to finish under the O/U total since last season (55.6 percent).
The Blazers have had a respectable 18-16 SU record since last season, but are just 10-18 ATS. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when UAB has been involved over that same period as 64.3 percent of their games have ended under the projected point total.
Chattanooga Mocs at UAB Blazers Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – UAB, ATS Winner – Chattanooga, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Blazers rank 140th in rebounds per game (36.1) while the Mocs rank 281st (32.6).
- UAB averages 4.9 blocks per game, which ranks 28th in the NCAA. Chattanooga ranks 165th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- Chattanooga ranks 32nd in steals per game (7.7) while UAB ranks 260th (4.7).
- The Mocs rank 11th in three pointers allowed per game (16.6) while the Blazers rank 227th (22.4).
- UAB ranks 50th in assists per game (15.6) while Chattanooga ranks 235th (12.2).