Houston Vs UAB: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Lines, Odds And Trends – March 18, 2022

Written By Ryan Minion on March 16, 2022

An opening-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 12th-seeded UAB Blazers (27-7) play as 8.5-point underdogs against the No. 5 seed Houston Cougars (29-5) on Friday at PPG Paints Arena. The contest starts at 9:20 PM. Here’s what you need to know when filling out your brackets for this 5-12 matchup. Keep reading to find betting insights and statistics to help place a wager on the Cougars’ (-400 to win on the moneyline) matchup versus the Blazers (+310).

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Houston vs UAB Betting Odds

Houston vs UAB Betting Analysis

When Houston has the ball, it must minimize their offensive turnovers in addition to crashing the glass and grabbing as many offensive rebounds as they can, to which they rank first in the country.

For UAB to have success in their offensive half, they must look to increase the amount of open shots they get from both outside the 3-point line, and also when attacking the basket. Moreover, UAB has a Rim & 3 Rate of 74% which indicates that less than three of every four Blazer possessions result in one of the two most valued shots in basketball- a three pointer or an open shot at the rim.

Despite many of UAB’s possessions resulting in highly contested shots, the market appears to be overvaluing the Cougars. UAB +8.5 may be worth betting.

Houston Offense Vs. UAB Defense

Houston Offense Stats (Rank) UAB Defense
75.8 (52) Points/Gm 66.3 (90)
65.1 (312) Possessions/Game 70.9 (279)
46.9 (40) Field Goal % 41 (50)
34.1 (161) 3PT % 31.8 (84)
53.5 (51) Effective FG % 46.9 (55)
56 (76) True Shooting % 50.5 (75)

UAB Offense Vs. Houston Defense

UAB Offense Stats (Rank) Houston Defense
80.7 (6) Points/Gm 58.9 (4)
70.3 (81) Possessions/Game 65.2 (35)
46.8 (43) Field Goal % 37.2 (1)
37.9 (18) 3PT % 28.8 (10)
53.1 (61) Effective FG % 43.4 (4)
56.5 (60) True Shooting % 48.1 (14)

Houston Betting Insights

  • Houston has compiled a 22-12-0 record against the spread this season.
  • The Cougars have been favored by 8.5 points or more 23 times this season, and covered the spread in 15 of those contests.
  • In Houston’s 35 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 15 times.
  • In 11 of 35 games this season, Houston and its opponents have scored more than 136.5 points.
  • The Cougars have an average total of 133.3 in their contests this year, 3.2 fewer points than this game’s over/under.

UAB Betting Insights

  • UAB is 18-14-1 ATS this year.
  • A total of 22 UAB games this year have gone over the point total.
  • UAB and its opponents have combined to score more than 136.5 points in 24 of 34 games this season.
  • Blazers games this year have had a 141-point total on average, 4.5 more points than this matchup’s over/under.
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Houston Key Players

  • Kyler Edwards leads the Cougars in scoring, putting up 13.6 points per game.
  • Jamal Shead leads Houston with six assists a game and Josh Carlton paces the team with 6.4 rebounds per outing.
  • Edwards is the top three-point shooter for the Cougars, connecting on 2.5 per game.
  • Shead leads the team with 1.6 steals per game. Fabian White Jr. collects 1.5 blocks a game to pace Houston.

UAB Key Players

  • The Blazers go-to guy, Jordan Walker, leads the team in both scoring (20.4 points per game) and assists (4.8 assists per game).
  • Trey Jemison collects all of the boards and is the UAB leader in rebounds, pulling down 7.4 per game.
  • Walker leads the Blazers in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 3.5 made threes per game.
  • Nobody on UAB grabs more steals than Quan Jackson (2.4 per game) or blocks more shots than Jemison (1.6 per game).

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