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Drake vs UIC Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 10th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Flames Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Drake Bulldogs at UIC Flames
  • Where: Chicago at Credit Union 1 Arena
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10th
  • Betting Odds: Drake -9.5, DRAKE -517 | ILLCHI +383 O/U 135.0

Bulldogs Preview:

Drake will take the floor against the Flames with an overall record of 12-5. So far, the Bulldogs have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. This season, Drake has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 10-3. For today’s contest, Drake has a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.

Drake will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tucker DeVries who is averaging 17.82 points per game for the Bulldogs. DeVries 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 Bulldogs’ offensive game plan is the play of Roman Penn who has hit 45.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.81 points per game.

On offense, Drake is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 17 games, they have only hit 33.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.66% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Flames Preview:

Through 17 games, the UIC Flames have an overall record of 9-8. So far this season, UIC has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. For the season, UIC has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Flames being +9.5 point underdogs.

UIC’s leading scorer this season is Jace Carter, who is averaging 15.24 points per contest. So far, Carter has accounted for 22.84% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.41 assists. Toby Okani is the second leading scorer for the Flames, averaging 12.18 points per game. Between him and Okani, they are accounting for 41.1% of the team’s scoring.

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 they 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: UIC Flames +9.5

Our analysis for this game between the UIC Flames and Drake Bulldogs points to UIC covering the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We see the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for UIC to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Flames are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, UIC won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the UIC Flames at +9.5.

 


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