UAB takes its 14 game win streak on the road this Thursday with a showdown against the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. This 2 game road trip will also determine who sits atop C-USA. It is currently 1. UAB Tied for 2. MTSU and Marshall.
Players to watch (or not) out for.
The Hilltoppers are led in scoring by Forward Justin Johnson. He is averaging 17 points per game while playing an average of 29.1 minutes per game.
The Hilltoppers are also led in rebounding by Forward Justin Johnson. He is averaging 7.8 rebounds per contest.
It is obvious that Justin Johnson is the key to this Western Kentucky team. If you can shut him down you can bog down the whole team. The Hilltoppers have other weapons, but I feel Johnson is the key to this team.
You will not see Guard Chris Harrison-Docks in this contest as he was dismissed from the team this past week. He was averaging 10 points, 1 rebound, and 1.9 assists per game until his dismissal. He was a serious spark off the bench that WKU will miss.
Personal Opinions and Prediction.
Personally, I believe we will finish this road trip 2-0 for a few reasons. We are very deep. We play 10 guys with 9 averaging more than 12 minutes per game. We have fight. The team just keeps finding ways to win, even in hostile environments. We do not have a specific guy you can pinpoint as our ‘best player’. Any given night any one of the guys can go off.
However, this is usually the time of year some teams slump and I feel both of these games are going to be nail bitters this week.
UAB 67 WKU 63