UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars 3-18-22

UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The number 12 seeded UAB Blazers and the number 5 seeded Houston Cougars will meet for the first round of the South Region Men’s Basketball Championship on Friday, March 18 at 9:20 p.m. ET at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. 


The Houston Cougars are the American Athletic Champions with a 15-3 conference record and is 29-5 overall.  The UAB Blazers is the Conference USA Champion with a 14-4 conference record and is 27-7 overall. 


The UAB Blazers will look to extend their 7-game winning streak.  UAB clinched the Conference USA title after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 82-73.  The Blazers built a 10-point lead at the half and held on for the victory.  Jordan Walker scored the highest with 27 points. 


Michael Ertel added 15 points while KJ Buffen finished with 13.  UAB shot 49%, 7% more than Louisiana.  They made 7 of 15 three-pointers and 25 of 31 free throws.  The Blazers edged the Bulldogs in rebounding, 38-34, but committed 16 turnovers. 


As a team, UAB is averaging 80.7 ppg which is top 7 in the league and their 38.4 rebounds is 61st.  The team’s 13 assists per game is 225th.  Jordan Walker leads UAB with 20.4 ppg and 4.8 assists per game. 


KJ Buffen leads with 51.8% shooting.  Trey Jemison leads with 7.4 rebounds and 1.6  blocks per game.  Quan Jackson leads with 2.4 steals per game.  


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UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars Predictions 3/18/2022


The Houston Cougars dominated the Memphis Tigers in their Air Force Reserve American Athletic Championship match at 71-53.  Houston built an 8-point lead at the half and scored 35 points in the second half to secure the victory.  Fabian White Jr. was the highest scorer with 20 points. 


Josh Carlton added 18 points and Taze Moore had 11 points and 8 assists.  Jamal Shead finished with 10 points.  Houston and Memphis were even shooting at 43.1%.  Houston made 8 of 24 from beyond the arc and 13 of 19 free throws.  The Cougars were again even in rebounding at 34. 


Houston forced Memphis to turnover the ball 15 times.  This season, Houston recorded an average of 75.8 ppg which is 62nd, 39.2 rebounds per game is 39th, and 16.7 assists per game which is top 17 in NCAA Men’s Basketball.  Kyler Edwards leads the Cougars with an average of 13.6 ppg. 


Josh Carlton is the leader with 6.4 rebounds and shooting at 62.5%.  Jamal Shead leads with 6 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Fabian White Jr. leads with 1.5 blocks per game.  


#12 UAB Blazers vs #5 Houston Cougars.  The NCAAB pick is the Houston Cougars.  The UAB Blazers are slightly ahead in offense, scoring 5 more points per game compared to Houston.  However, Houston only allows 58.9 ppg from opponents versus 66.3 from UAB. 


Houston is the better team overall, but UAB will turn this into an exciting, high-scoring, and close match.  Taking the win is the Houston Cougars with a final score prediction and play, OVER 84-73.  


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UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars 3/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:20 P.M. ET


Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA


Date: Friday, March 18, 2022




NCAAB ODDS: Houston Cougars -8.5




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