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Where: Pizzitola Sports Center, Providence Rhode Island
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 pm Eastern
We have the First Round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) as our focus today when the UAB Blazers face the Brown Bears in Providence Rhode Island. UAB represents Conference USA and finished their season with a 20-14 record. Brown represents the IVY League, ending their season with a record of 19-11 this season. I’m the Flash and am happy to be previewing this contest for you today. Let’s go make “Cash with the Flash”!!!
UAB with Above .500 Road Record
The Blazers had a fine season, finishing with a record of 20 wins and 14 losses and a C-USA mark of 10-8, so it really was a good season. Losing junior forward Will Butler and his 22 minutes per night hurt the Blazers depth and UAB is left wondering what could have been had he not of gotten hurt. KenPom ranks the Blazers number 148 in the country with a strength of schedule ranking of 197. The Blazers longest losing streak this season was four games and UAB had four three-game winning streaks and a four-game winning streak this season. The Blazers know how to win basketball games, and the CBI is just as good a place as any to prove that.
UAB isn’t listing any injuries for the game with Brown on Wednesday.
The Blazers have a road record of 6-5 and is hoping to end a one-game losing streak on Wednesday against Brown.
Sophomore guard Zack Bryant leads the Blazers in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game with 2.4 rebounds and a team-leading four assists per game. Bryant also nails 1.4 triples and has exceeded his scoring average in four of the last five games.
— UAB Men's Basketball (@UAB_MBB) March 17, 2019
UAB scores an average of 70.4 points per game with nine offensive rebounds, 27.4 defensive boards and 11.6 assists per game this season.
Brown Strong at Home This Season
Brown finished their 2018-2019 campaign with a record of 19 wins and 11 losses and finished Ivy League play tied for third place with a .500 record. That record is solid and KenPom sees the Bears as the 146th ranked team in college hoops with a strength of schedule as the 214th strongest in D1 basketball this season. The Bears have four, two-game losing streaks this season and solid winning streaks of five and six games this season. With only six upperclassmen on their roster, Brown can use this tournament as a springboard for next season, and nothing better than a win over a quality opponent like UAB to do just that!
— Brown Basketball (@BrownBasketball) March 18, 2019
The Bears aren’t listing any significant injuries for their game with UAB.
Brown has a home record of 12-3 this season and is working on ending a one-game losing streak against UAB on Wednesday.
Sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge leads Brown in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game with 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots this season. Cambridge drills 2.5 triples per night and exceeded his scoring average once in the last five games.
Brown scores an average of 73.6 points per game and pulls down 7.4 offensive rebounds, 29.3 defensive rebounds and dish 12.8 assists per game this season.
- Under is 8-2 in Bears last 10 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 8-2 in Bears last 10 non-conference games.
- Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Blazers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
When we talk about value and upset potential, we need to look no further than this game and UAB on Wednesday evening. Brown is favored only because they are at home, and the thing that strikes me about this game is UAB and their above .500 record on the road. UAB is 4-4 ATS as the away underdog and Brown is 3-5-1 ATS as the home favorite. I also happen to think UAB is the better side and I will take the points and play UAB on Wednesday night.
Prediction: UAB +2.5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
Defense is the Bears calling card and they are playing at home. UAB is an average offensive side and a road underdog. UAB is the better offensive rebounding side and neither side shoots the ball better than 35 percent from long range.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with a total of 135.7 points and 135.5 points and that is exactly where the game opened. Now it’s jumped to 141.5 points. I will be playing the under in this contest on Wednesday.
Prediction: Under 141.5 Points