Check out our free Northern Iowa 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.

Northern Iowa vs UIC Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Panthers vs Flames Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Northern Iowa Panthers at UIC Flames
  • Where: Chicago at Credit Union 1 Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Northern Iowa -4.5, NIOWA -216 | ILLCHI +173 O/U 137.5

Panthers Preview:

The Northern Iowa Panthers head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 10-9. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Panthers have been favored 9 times, going 6-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Northern Iowa as -4.5 point favorites.

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Northern Iowa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Bowen Born who is averaging 18.79 points per game for the Panthers. Born 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 Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tytan Anderson who has hit 48.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.16 points per game.

On offense, Northern Iowa is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.81% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Flames Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Northern Iowa, the UIC Flames will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 9-11. So far this season, UIC has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-4. For the season, UIC has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 1-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Flames being +4.5 point underdogs.

UIC’s leading scorer this season is Jace Carter, who is averaging 15.3 points per contest. So far, Carter has accounted for 22.92% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists. Toby Okani is the second leading scorer for the Flames, averaging 13.05 points per game. Between him and Okani, they are accounting for 42.5% 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: Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Northern Iowa Panthers sitting as -4.5 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 Northern Iowa and UIC are averaging 8.37 and 9.03 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Northern Iowa has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Panthers to cover at -4.5.


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