Youngstown State vs. UIC - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State vs. UIC - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

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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. 

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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. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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