UAB Blazers at LSU Tigers Game Preview, Live Stream and Prediction
The LSU Tigers have played in some tight basketball games recently as two of their last three games have resulted in two-point wins, one of which was in overtime, and Saturday night’s game against the UAB Blazers figures to be another nail-biter.
You can stream the game as the Tigers look to improve to 8-2 with tip set for 4:00 p.m. CT.
The Blazers are rising a five-game winning streak with an average margin of victory of more than 11 points per game, including an impressive 63-59 win over then No. 16 North Carolina Tarheels. The Blazers are a veteran-laden squad, create a number of turnovers and play at a pace that gives a lot of teams fits.
UAB is led by Chard Frazier who leads the team in scoring with 18.6 points per game and assists with five, double the next closest member of the Blazers. Frazier is one of six Blazers to average at least nine points per game with C.J. Washington, Rod Rucker, Fahro Alihodzic, Robert Williams and Jordan Swing providing a complementary offense.
The 6-8 Washington, 6-10 Alihodzic average 7.3 and 7.6 rebounds per game, respectively, but it’s the 6-5 Rucker who leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game as the Blazers claim the top rebounding team in the country with 48.2 per game.
LSU, meanwhile has a big frontcourt that should be able to contend with the Blazers big men and need Jordan Mickey and Johnny O’Bryant III to be at the top of their games. Mickey is coming off a game marred by foul trouble vs. Texas Tech in which he only had five points and six rebounds after being named the SEC freshman of the week earlier in the week.
The two teams average nearly the same amount of points per game as LSU averaged 77.9 to 77.8 for UAB, but LSU has a big advantage in their efficiency of their points. LSU is shooting 46.8 percent from the field while UAB is at 43.6 which could be a reason for their lofty rebounding totals because they’re chasing down all the missed shots.
The determining factor in a game I think will go down to the final minutes is how each team fares at the charity stripe where LSU has struggled all season long with a 64.4 percentage from the free throw line. UAB has fared much better shooting 71.2 percent as a team from the line.
Prediction: This is only UAB’s second true road game and I think that hurts UAB in this one as Mickey shakes off the poor game from midweek and LSU wins another nail-biter 83-80.
Next: Dec. 28 vs. McNeese State Cowboys (2-8) at 7:00 p.m. CT.