New Mexico (4-1) vs. UAB (4-1)
Las Vegas Invitational, Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Mexico and UAB will tackle this at the Las Vegas Invitational. UAB won an 86-41 victory over Alabama A&M on Sunday, while New Mexico won easily 88-63 over western New Mexico on Monday.
INTENSIFICATION: UAB’s Quan Jackson averaged 14.8 points, four rebounds and 2.6 steals while Jordan Walker averaged 13.6 points and 4.2 assists. For the Lobos, Jamal Mashburn Jr. averages 18.4 points while Gethro Muscadin has 12.6 points and six rebounds. his last five games. He’s also managed 70 percent of his free kicks this season.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Blazers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Lobos. UAB have 46 assists on 90 field goals (51.1%) in their three previous outings while New Mexico have collected assists on 41 of 91 field goals (45.1% ) in their last three games.
STINGY DEFENSE: UAB has forced its opponents to commit turnovers on 30.1% of all possessions this year, the sixth highest rate among any Division I teams.
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