NCAA Basketball Pick - UAB Blazers vs Saint Mary's Gaels

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Ross Benjamin

Sunday, November 27, 2016 4:35 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 4:35 PM GMT

The NFL isn’t the only show in town on Sunday. There’s plenty of money to be made in college basketball as well. Ross Benjamin breaks down today’s game between UAB and St. Mary’s and gives a free NCAAB Pick.

College Basketball Predictions: UAB Blazers vs. St. Mary’s Gaels

A couple of experienced teams collide on Sunday in Las Vegas when UAB takes on #15 St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s returns all 5 starters and UAB has 4 of their own. UAB was 26-7 a season ago, and the Blazers played in the NIT. St. Mary’s was also a NIT team last year, and they finished with a stellar 29-7 record. The opening tip at Orleans Arena is slated for 5:00 PM ET.

The college basketball betting odds at Bookmaker shows St. Mary’s as a 12.5-point favorite, and there’s a posted total of 140.5. Be sure to visit one of the best sportsbooks at Bookmaker.com. They’re currently offering new customers 50% cash bonuses on all initial deposits of up to $300.

 Hot Shooting and Strong Rebounding Team

St. Mary’s has been quite impressive on their way to a perfect 4-0 start. They’ve averaged 83.2 points scored per contest, shot 53% from the field, and have a massive +12 rebound per game differential. Opponents of St. Mary’s have been unable to get many second chance opportunities, evidenced by the Gaels giving up a mere 6 offensive rebounds per game. St. Mary’s also doesn’t beat themselves, evidenced by their average of just 8.3 turnovers per game.

 Underachieving Blazers

UAB is off to an uninspiring 3-2 start with all things being considered. You can give them a pass for a 20-point loss at #5 Kansas. However, their 84-74 loss to Furman as a 14.0-point home favorite was inexcusable. The Blazers have been plagued by turnovers during their 3-2 start to the season. They committed an alarming 16.8 turnovers per game, and that’s been a major contributor to an underachieving beginning to this 2016-2017 college basketball campaign.

 

Final Analysis and Free Pick

St. Mary’s has clearly been better team than UAB in the early going. Nevertheless, this is a talented UAB team that’s a very enticing play as a double-digit underdog playing on a neutral court. I’m going against public perception and taking the underdog for one of my Sunday college basketball free picks.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: UAB +12.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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