IUPUI vs. UIC - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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IUPUI Jaguars (7-24) at UIC Flames (15-16)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Credit Union 1 Arena)
The Line: UIC Flames -8.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The IUPUI Jaguars (7-24, 3-15 CONF) and the UIC Flames (15-16, 10-8 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd for the 1st Round of the Horizon League Conference Tournament at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL. The game will be played at 8:00 PM eastern time.
IUPUI is coming off a 90-88 home loss to Detroit in their last game. IUPUI has only won three games in conference play and seven games throughout the entire season. UIC is coming off a 68-66 home loss to Oakland in their last game. That loss snapped a three-game win streak for UIC, who swept the season series against IUPUI this season with both a home and road victory.
IUPUI scores 70.9 points per game on 41.6 percent field goal shooting this season. IUPUI’s leading scorer is G Marcus Burk, who scores 21.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for IUPUI is F Elyjah Goss, who earns 11.7 rebounds per game. IUPUI allows 79.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -8.8 scoring differential so far this season. IUPUI also earns 35.8 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team.
UIC scores 68.3 points per game on 43.9 percent field goal shooting this season. UIC’s leading scorer and rebounder is G Tarkus Ferguson, who scores 14.4 points per game and earns 5.7 rebounds per game. UIC allows 69.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.4 scoring differential so far this season. UIC also earns 36.7 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 4.2 blocks, and 5.6 steals per game as a team.
IUPUI is 11-18 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. IUPUI is also 7-9 against the spread on the road so far this season. UIC is 16-13-1 against the spread this season and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. UIC is also 6-9 against the spread at home so far this season.
I am going to take the under in this game, as UIC is clearly the better team, but their low-efficiency offense worries me when it comes to covering 8.5 points. IUPUI can either make this a game or lose by 25. Either scenario is plausible, therefore I will take the under, as 146.5 is too many points to me.