Can UAB upset BYU tonight?

NIT Tournament Picks and Predictions 3/16/16 – UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars

BYU could have its hands full with UAB when the two meet in the NIT Tournament. Can the Cougars cover a lofty spread tonight at 10PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, BYU is favored tonight, as the Cougars are getting odds of -9.5 points against UAB. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 166.5 points. These two will meet in a NIT first round game from the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

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UAB is 26-6 overall, 10-3 on the road and 13-14 against the spread. BYU is 23-10 overall, 14-2 at home and 16-13-1 against the spread. The Blazers were 16-3 in Conference USA games while BYU went 14-6 in West Coast Conference play.

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UAB has won five of its last six, but the Blazers are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games. BYU has won six of its last eight, but is just 4-4 ATS in those contests. However, the Cougars did well in non-conference play, going 6-3-1 ATS. It was also 8-4-1 ATS in home games this season. The Blazers don’t quite face the same competition as BYU, especially when it comes to tournament pedigree. Look for the Cougars to build off games against the likes of Gonzaga and St. Mary’s and hold off UAB at home by a large margin.

NIT TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: BYU -9.5

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