The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-12) are off to a slow start and will try to pick up their first win when they clash against the UAB Blazers (8-1) at Bartow Arena. Action starts at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils vs. UAB Blazers ATS Preview
In the Delta Devils last game, they lost big to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 95-63. Mississippi Valley State’s Dante Scott put together a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 27 points on 12-for-20 shooting. UNLV did a terrific job of making free throws (21-30; 70.0 percent). Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, forced the Runnin’ Rebels into a turnover percentage of 20.2 (above the 14.6 mark opponents have averaged against Mississippi Valley State this season).
The Blazers hope to keep it rolling after topping the New Orleans Privateers in their last outing, 74-67. With 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Chris Cokley was the top scorer from either team. The Blazers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.563, had a phenomenal mark of 0.670, while the Privateers had a free throw rate of 0.197 (below their season average of 0.240).
UAB could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense squares off against one of the nations worst defenses. Since the 2016-17 season, the Blazers rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while Mississippi Valley State ranks 350th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, second chance points figure to be few and far between for the Delta Devils. They rank 263rd in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 29.4 percent, while the Blazers have been 38th-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 72.7 percent).
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at UAB Blazers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Mississippi Valley State, ATS Winner – Mississippi Valley State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Blazers rank 223rd in three pointers attempted per game (18.0) while the Delta Devils rank 281st (15.7).
- UAB ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (31.8) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 250th (39.4).
- The Blazers rank 15th in assists allowed per game (12.2) while the Delta Devils rank 242nd (16.9).
- UAB ranks 31st in blocks allowed per game (2.9) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 175th (4.3).