Youngstown State vs. UIC - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Youngstown State Penguins (18-14) at UIC Flames (16-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: UIC Flames -4 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins (18-14, 10-8 CONF) and the UIC Flames (16-16, 10-8 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 5th for a Horizon League Conference Tournament Quarterfinal game. The game will be played at 8:00 PM eastern time and will be hosted by UIC at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL.
Youngstown State defeated Milwaukee in the first round of the Horizon League conference tournament, 63-57 at home. Youngstown State has won three of their last five games overall, including a win over the top team in the conference, Wright State. UIC beat IUPUI 93-59 at home in their first-round matchup. UIC was in control of that game from start to finish, as they won very convincingly.
Youngstown State scores 73.1 points per game on 42.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Youngstown State’s leading scorer is G Darius Quisenberry, who scores 16.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for Youngstown State is F Naz Bohannon, who earns 8.6 rebounds per game. Youngstown State allows 71.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.7 scoring differential so far this season. Youngstown State also earns 39.1 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game as a team.
UIC scores 69.1 points per game on 44.5 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 69.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -.2 scoring differential so far this season. UIC also earns 36.8 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 4.3 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game as a team.
Youngstown State is 16-13-1 against the spread this season and 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games. Youngstown State is also 6-8-1 against the spread on the road so far this season. UIC is 17-13-1 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.
The line has not been released for this game yet, therefore I will give my final score prediction and update this article tomorrow morning. UIC dominated IUPUI in the first round of this tournament, and with the home-court advantage and a motivated squad, I think they will win this game as well. I will take UIC to win, 69-63.
UPDATE: My final score was rather close to how the line shapes up here, therefore any bet I cannot possibly love in this situation. I will take UIC and lay the four points, as I think they are more well-rounded, and head coach Steve McClain is one of the best in the country.