Houston vs UAB: 2022 NCAA Tournament South Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship-Houston vs Memphis
Mar 13, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; The Houston Cougars celebrate punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Memphis Tigers in the American Conference Tournament Championship at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 5 Houston Cougars vs. No. 12 Alabama Birmingham Blazers

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 9:20 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: TNT
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 5 HOU STAT No. 12 UAB
American Conference Conference USA
29-5 Record 27-7
75.8 (62nd) Points Per Game 80.7 (7th)
58.9 Points Allowed Per Game 66.3
0.6335 (8th) RPI 0.5786 45th)
93rd Strength of Schedule 175th
Automatic Bid Bid Automatic Bid

Caeser’s is offering insurance on your first bet. Place a first-time wager of up to $1,100 and get it back in the form of a Free Bet if you lose. Click here for more info. 


Houston leaders:

Mar 13, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (right) controls the ball against Memphis Tigers guard Lester Quinones (left) during the second half at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kyler Edwards, G, SR: 16.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.0 SPG
  • Fabian White Jr., F, SR: 13.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 50.7% FG

Alabama Birmingham leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; Frisco, TX, USA; Blazers guard Jordan Walker (10) drives the ball against Louisiana Tech Bulldogs guard Amorie Archibald (3) in the first half of the Conference USA basketball tournament championship game at Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jordan Walker, G, JR: 20.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 40.6% 3PT
  • Quan Jackson, G, SR: 12.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.4 SPG, 39.4% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • HOU Moneyline: -400
  • UAB Moneyline: +300
  • Spread: HOU -8.5
  • Over/Under: 136
  • ATS Record: HOU 22-12, UAB 18-13-1
  • Over/Under Record: HOU 14-18-2, UAB 21-10-1

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • The Cougars may be a 5-seed, but don’t be surprised if this team makes a run at the title. Yes, it didn’t get much help with their draw, and, yes, they are without two of their best point guards, but they’ve played through that all season and come into the tournament as KenPom’s 5th-ranked team.
  • The Cougars play a molasses-slow pace, ranking 338th in the country, which is something the Blazers will try to speed up since they play at the 80th-ranked adjusted tempo in the league.
  • It’s hard to bet on the underdog to dictate pace against a team that has only lost two games since December 11th. We know that the Blazers will rely on Jordan Walker, but we also know that this is a Cougars team that has the 11th-ranked defense in the country and will most certainly come in with a plan of attack.
  • This Cougars team is really bad from the free-throw line, ranking 320th in the country at 66.9%, which likely won’t hurt them in this game, but is something to keep in mind if they advance.

For more 2022 NCAA Tournament coverage, visit TailgateSports.com