UIC vs. Wright State - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UIC Flames (17-16) at Wright State Raiders (25-6)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -7.5 -- Over/Under: 142
The UIC Flames (17-16, 10-8 CONF) and the Wright State Raiders (25-6, 15-3 CONF) will meet on Monday, March 9th for the Semifinal game of the Horizon League Conference Tournament. The game will be played at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN at a neutral site. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
UIC defeated Youngstown State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, 67-61 on March 5th. UIC has now gotten two wins in the conference tournament, while this will be Wright State's first game. Wright State ended the regular season with a 64-62 road win over Northern Kentucky. Wright State is the #1 seed in this tournament, as well as the favorite to win it all and make the NCAA Tournament.
UIC scores 69.0 points per game on 44.2 percent field goal shooting this season. The leading scorer and rebounder for UIC is G Tarkus Ferguson, who scores 14.1 points per game and earns 5.9 rebounds per game. UIC allows 69.1 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.1 scoring differential so far this season. UIC also earns 37.2 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 4.4 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game as a team.
Wright State scores 81.8 points per game on 46.3 percent field goal shooting this season. Wright State's leading scorer and rebounder is C Loudon Love, who scores 16.3 points per game and earns 9.7 rebounds per game. Wright State allows 70.8 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +11.0 scoring differential so far this season. Wright State also earns 40.2 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team.
UIC is 18-13-1 against the spread and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. UIC is also 1-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Wright State is 14-13-2 against the spread and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Wright State is also 2-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
UIC is a tough team for Wright State to face for their first game of this tournament. UIC has also won two games already in this tournament, so they have to be feeling good going into this game. I am going to have to lean on Wright State, however, as Wright State's C Loudon Love should have his way in this contest, and he can be impossible to defend at times. I will take Wright State and lay the points, but there are certainly better games to bet, despite this being a great game to watch.