UTSA Preview : The Blazers Head to Texas
Date: Thursday 2/24/22
Time: 7 pm CT
Radio: 100.5 FM
UAB travels to San Antonio this Thursday to take on the UTSA Roadrunners. The teams played once before this season in Bartow on New Year’s Day with the Blazers getting the 87-59 victory over the Roadrunners. The Blazers played the Roadrunners twice in the Historic Convocation Center last season and split those games.
Let’s face it…on paper this should be an easy double-digit victory for UAB. However, we all know that the Blazers have struggled multiple times on the road against conference opponents this season (Marshall, Rice, and ODU). UAB is also coming off of a heartbreaking last second loss to Conference USA leader North Texas. Will the team be able to focus and bounce back in San Antonio this Thursday? Here are three key things UAB will have to do to get out of the Historic Convocation Center with a win:
1. This first point seems straightforward, but UAB has to be aggressive and jump out early on UTSA to try and put them away quickly. This is exactly what Louisiana Tech was able to do Saturday at home against the Roadrunners getting a 21-3 early lead before winning 95-71. In fact, a lot of teams have been able to do this to UTSA this season. UAB must do this to take away any hope or confidence the Roadrunners might have at pulling off the best win of their season. In several of our road losses this year we have come out slow and allowed the other team to get confidence. That must come to an end from here out. (We feel this may be a reoccurring key to victory)
2. Trey Jemison has to play well defensively against UTSA’s big 6’11" center Jacob Germany. Germany is averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds per game, and scored 26 points when these two teams met back in January in Birmingham. Not only do we need a solid performance from Jemison, but also Rongie Gordon will need to step in and play sturdy minutes when called upon. Could we see Josh LeBlanc back this Thursday? His presence has surely been missed since this injury hiatus. We’ll have to wait and see.
3. Attack the boards and get the rebounds. Not only is it important to get the rebounds on the defensive side but also on offense. UTSA is averaging 39 rebounds a game compared to UAB’s 37.9. The Blazers will need to have the same aggression they did in January where they outrebounded the Roadrunners 45-33 with a close 15-14 edge on offensive rebounds.
John Duncan: My prediction is that UAB will be able to bounce back and get a double-digit win over a struggling UTSA team.
Final score: UAB 68 UTSA 55
Brad Cummings: Can the team stay together and rebound after a really tough loss that saw emotions running very high? If recent history is any indication than I believe we will win this Thursday night game.
Final Score: UAB 87 UTSA 73