Life certainly doesn't get any easier this afternoon as the Pack travels to Birmingham to take on the Blazers of UAB. A 2-seed, the Blazers come into the game with a solid RPI (42), Pomeroy Rating (66) and single-digit losses on the year. They're 13-4 at home, so taking them out in Birmingham will be no small feat.
The Blazers have no one that outscores Tracy Smith per game (16.8) individually but three players that average in double figures--guard/wing forward Elijah Millsap (15.7), forward Howard Crawford (12.0) and guard Jamarr Sanders (10.3).
UAB is run at the point by fireplug Aaron Johnson (5-8, 185), who deals out 4.8 assists per game against 2.7 turnovers. Javier Gonzalez will have a height advantage (6-0, 175) but will give up 15 pounds, so expect Johnson to be physical with whomever matches up with him.
The Blazers are 5-point favorites at home. The game will tip at 5:00pm and can be seen (or not seen) on ESPNU. The winner will face off against the Tar Heels, who defeated Mississippi State this afternoon. If State should win, they'll do battle in Charmichael.