UAB vs North Texas Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NIT Finals (North Texas Defense Shines)

UAB vs North Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NIT Tournament game
UAB vs North Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022-23 NIT Tournament game / Associated Press

The NIT has reached the Finals, with UAB and North Texas going up against each other for the title.

UAB vs North Texas Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • UAB (29-9, 14-6 C-USA) vs. North Texas (30-7, 16-4 C-USA)
  • Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • Time: 9:40 PM ET
  • Venue: Orleans Arena -- Paradise, Nevada
  • Coverage: ESPN2

UAB came out on top of an overtime thriller in the semifinals against Utah Valley. North Texas also grabbed a two-point win in their semifinals game, but in a much lower scoring affair over Wisconsin.

UAB vs North Texas Odds & Spread

UAB vs North Texas Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, UAB is 17-19-0 this season.
  • As 1.5-point favorites or more, the Blazers are 15-16 against the spread.
  • UAB has played 36 games this year, and 23 of them have gone over the total.
  • North Texas is 19-15-0 against the spread this season.
  • As a 1.5-point underdog or more, the Mean Green have two wins ATS (2-3).
  • North Texas has seen 17 of its 34 games hit the over.
UAB Rank UAB AVG North Texas AVG North Texas Rank
10th 81.3 Points Scored 64.4 337th
184th 70.3 Points Allowed 55.7 1st
2nd 37.9 Rebounds 30.6 251st
4th 11.7 Off. Rebounds 9.1 121st
211th 7.1 3pt Made 7.5 166th
88th 14.3 Assists 11.0 330th
212th 12.1 Turnovers 10.5 44th

UAB vs North Texas Prediction & Pick

UAB is one of the best offensive teams in the country, ranking No. 8 in all of college basketball with 80.5 points per game. That level of offense might be too much for a North Texas team that ranks No. 326 in the nation in that same category. That being said, North Texas has the No. 1 defense in the nation, allowing a measly 56.2 points per game. UAB ranks No. 182 in that same category.

As the old adage goes, defense wins championships. In the last nine-plus minutes of their semifinals game against Wisconsin, North Texas held the Badgers scoreless! That level of defense can't be overlooked, no matter who the opponent is. This should give North Texas the chance to pull off the upset as the slight underdog.

Prediction: North Texas 62 | UAB 59

UAB vs North Texas Best Bet

The North Texas defense has shined throughout this tournament. They haven't allowed more than 59 points in any game during the NIT, and that game went into overtime.

Outside of that matchup with Sam Houston State, North Texas hasn't surrendered more than 54 points during the NIT.

Yes UAB has proven to be one of the nation's best offenses, but the line for their team total is at 64.5. UAB hasn't seen a defense like North Texas yet, and should create a ton of offensive issues for them. I'll take UAB going under their team total against a team that hasn't come close to giving up that many during this tournament.

Bet: UAB Team Total Under 64.5 (-108)

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