UIC at Northern Kentucky - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

UIC at Northern Kentucky - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UIC (18-16) at Northern Kentucky (21-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

The Line: Northern Kentucky -4 -- Over/Under: 127 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UIC Flames (18-16, CONF 13-8) and the Northern Kentucky Norse (22-9, CONF 14-5) face off in the Horizon League Championship game on Tuesday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. UIC and Northern Kentucky faced off twice this year and the visiting team won each of the matchups. 

The UIC Flames have been overlooked this season but with a win in this game they will make the NCAA tournament

Coming into this game the Flames have won three games in a row and seven of the last nine games.On Monday against Wright State, UIC was six-point underdogs but they came away with the outright win.

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The offense was strong, but the best part of the game for UIC was the defense that gave up only 56 points. 

The Flames were led by guard Tarkus Ferguson who put up 25 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 38 minutes of play.

Northern Kentucky also comes into this game strong having won eight of their last ten games, but they only covered the spread in five of the games. On the season Northern Kentucky is averaging 70.9 points per game while the defense is giving up 66.1 points. 

Against Wisconsin Green Bay on Monday it was close in the first half, but in the second half, Northern Kentucky pulled away and the game ended 80-69. 

Jalen Tate was the difference maker putting up 23 points in 35 minutes. Guard Tyler Sharpe was also strong for the Norse putting up 20 points. 

The under is 15-5 in UIC’s last 20 games overall.UIC is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight meetings against Northern Kentucky. The favorite is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings between Northern Kentucky and UIC.

UIC knows to have to have success they need to slow down the pace and they are coming off a game where they gave up only 56 points. Look for a strong defensive game again from the Flames and that will be enough to keep this total low. Back the under to cash with ease.

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