Check out our free Belmont vs UIC pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Chicago. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Belmont vs UIC Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Bruins vs Flames Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Belmont Bruins at UIC Flames
  • Where: Chicago at Credit Union 1 Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: Belmont -4.5, BELM -208 | ILLCHI +168 O/U 141.5

Bruins Preview:

Belmont will take the floor against the Flames with an overall record of 9-6. So far, the Bruins have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. This season, Belmont has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4. For today’s contest, Belmont have a betting line set -4.5 points in their favor.

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Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.07 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 4.73 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg who is second on the team in scoring at 13.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 51.1% of his shots and is adding 3.73 boards per game.

Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs UIC, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.

Flames Preview:

UIC will take the floor against the Bruins with an overall record of 9-6. So far this season, UIC has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. For the season, UIC has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Flames being +4.5 point underdogs.

UIC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jace Carter who is averaging 15.73 points per game for the Flames. Carter is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Flames’ offensive gameplan is the play of Toby Okani who has hit 50.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.6 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for UIC this season, as they are currently ranked 174th in college basketball at 72.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Flames’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.4%, placing them 350th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Belmont Bruins -4.5

If you are eying this matchup between UIC Flames and Belmont Bruins as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Belmont to cover the spread as -4.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Belmont shooting well enough to keep the Flames at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bruins’ to win the game and cover the spread.


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