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

UIC vs Valparaiso Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds

Flames vs Beacons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UIC Flames at Valparaiso Beacons
  • Where: Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17th
  • Betting Odds: UIC +3, ILLCHI +130 | VALP -157 O/U 138.5

Flames Preview:

UIC heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-10. On the road, the Flames will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 4-6. So far, the Flames have been the underdog 11 times, going 1-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

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UIC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jace Carter who is averaging 15.32 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 game plan is the play of Toby Okani who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.21 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 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.

Beacons Preview:

Through 19 games, the Valparaiso Beacons have an overall record of 7-12. Currently, the Beacons have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 6-5. The Beacons’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Valparaiso has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1.

Ben Krikke comes into today’s game as the Beacons’ leading scorer at 17.84 points per contest. Not only has Krikke been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Valparaiso’s top rebounder at 5.84 boards per contest. Behind Krikke, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kobe King, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.3% of his shots and is adding 3.63 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Valparaiso this season, as they are currently ranked 214th in college basketball at 70.8 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 Beacons’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 309th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Valparaiso Beacons -3

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Valparaiso Beacons to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3 point betting favorites. Although Valparaiso as a team is just 94th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Flames’ defense. At -3 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Beacons to come out on top and cover.

 


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