If you were to ask the average college basketball fan which team has the longest active winning streak in the nation, it would probably be a while before you land on Florida Atlantic, which has won 20 straight games prior to Thursday. If you didn’t know this already, don’t bother learning it now – this streak won’t last much longer.
Since their loss to Mississippi on Nov. 11, the Owls have had nearly two dozen straight wins, but they haven’t exactly looked dominant in the process. Five of their 11 conference wins have been decided by four points or less, including a two-point win on Jan. 5 over UAB at home.
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College Basketball Prediction: UAB vs. Florida Atlantic
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Even the final score of 88-86 didn’t tell the whole story: Florida Atlantic trailed by six points with just 3:30 remaining before coming alive with an 8-0 run to keep its unbeaten streak intact.
Conversely, it was one of six defeats for UAB, four of which were away. Now the Blazers are back in familiar bounds with a chance to play the spoiler against their conference rival, and they’re equipped to even the score this time around.
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UAB is one of the most experienced teams in the country and is also among the most aggressive offensively – ranking in the top 20 in terms of offensive rebound rate (37.2%), free throw rate ( 40%) and fewer seconds per possession (15.6). It’s a clear recipe for dictating your style against FAU and breaking the country’s longest winning streak in this long-awaited venue for revenge.
UAB pick vs. Florida Atlantic
UAB PK (-110, Caesars Sportsbook)