UAB Blazers (19-4, 9-1)
Florida Atlantic Owls (6-17, 4-6)
Game Time: 7 p.m. Central
TV/Live stream: BlazerVision (Subscription)
Radio: David Crane and Steve Mitchell, 99.5 FM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Blazers and Owls are set to meet for the fifth time this Saturday at the annual Bartow Classic. The series is knotted up at 2-2 with the most recent game being won by Florida Atlantic last February in Boca Raton, Fla. As Conference USA members, Florida Atlantic has a 2-1 advantage over the Blazers.
Scouting the Owls
FAU entered Conference USA play with a conference worst 2-11 record. The owls dropped their first three games on the road before winning back-to-back games at home over Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech. FAU’s two other conference wins came against UTSA on the road and Charlotte at home.
Offensively, the Owls are fairly balanced with five players averaging between between 8.5 and 10 points per game. Despite their ability to distribute their points, overall FAU ranks sescond to last in Conference USA in total points per game (65.0). The Owls are led in scoring by junior guard Adonis Filer who is averaging 10.o points per game. Senior guard Jackson Trapp is their most effective three-point shooter with 39 of 103 made on the year (37.9 percent).
Grounding the Owls
It’s been hard to make a case for teams visiting Bartow Arena during this 22 game program record win streak. The numbers don’t lie and that’s the bottom line when it comes to Florida Atlantic’s chances. The Owls are averaging 65 points on the road and the Blazers are averaging a scorching 82 points at home.
Technically, the Owls are the deeper team in terms of minute distribution. The Owls have eight players averaging more than 20 minutes per game, which is tied for most with Louisiana Tech. Conversely, UAB has six players averaging more than 20 minutes per game.
During conference play, the Blazers bench has scored more than 43 points three times. The Owls won’t have the interior defense that Florida International had Thursday. We should see a much more productive offensive output from the Blazers Saturday.
UAB 86, FAU 60