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UIC vs Murray State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Flames vs Racers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UIC Flames at Murray State Racers
  • Where: Murray at CFSB Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: UIC +9, ILLCHI +341 | MURST -455 O/U 139.0

Flames Preview:

UIC will take the floor against the Racers with an overall record of 9-9. On the road, the Flames will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 4-5. So far, the Flames have been the underdog 10 times, going 1-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

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UIC’s leading scorer this season is Jace Carter, who is averaging 15.17 points per contest. So far, Carter has accounted for 22.66% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.11 rebounds per game and 1.44 assists. Toby Okani is the second leading scorer for the Flames, averaging 12.56 points per game. Between him and Okani, they are accounting for 41.4% 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.

Racers Preview:

Murray State will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs UIC in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far this season, Murray State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Racers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -9 points in their favor. For the season, Murray State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 6-3.

Murray State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Rob Perry who is averaging 15.35 points per game for the Racers. Perry 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 Racers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jacobi Wood who has hit 39.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.82 points per game.

Murray State comes into today’s matchup vs UIC, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 17 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Racers have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 483rd in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Murray State Racers -9

Our analysis of the UIC Flames vs Murray State Racers game indicates that UIC will cover the spread as +9 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving UIC an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Flames have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, UIC won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the UIC Flames at +9.

 


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