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Illinois State vs UIC Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 28th Betting Odds

Redbirds vs Flames Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Illinois State Redbirds at UIC Flames
  • Where: Chicago at Credit Union 1 Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds: Illinois State +2, ILLST +112 | ILLCHI -137 O/U 137.0

Redbirds Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs UIC, the Illinois State Redbirds will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 6-7. So far, the Redbirds have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. For the season, Illinois State has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Redbirds being +2 point underdogs.

Kendall Lewis comes into today’s game as the Redbirds’ leading scorer at 12.69 points per contest. Not only has Lewis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Illinois State’s top rebounder at 7.62 boards per contest. Behind Lewis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Darius Burford who is second on the team in scoring at 10.92 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.9% of his shots and is adding 3.77 boards per game.

On offense, Illinois State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 286th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Redbirds’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.2 points per game. So far, 36.91% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.

Flames Preview:

Through 13 games, the UIC Flames have an overall record of 8-5. Currently, the Flames have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 4-2. The Flames’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, UIC has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0.

UIC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jace Carter who is averaging 16.15 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 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.69 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: UIC Flames -2

Heading into this matchup, with the UIC Flames sitting as -2 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as UIC and Illinois State are averaging 9.03 and 8.3 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that UIC has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 8-2 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Flames to cover at -2.


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