UIC vs Southern Illinois Prediction - College Basketball Picks 3/7/24

Southern Illinois (19-12) vs UIC (11-20)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 9:30 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Illinois -5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UIC Flames and Southern Illinois Salukis face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in the Missouri Valley Tournament at the Enterprise Center. The Southern Illinois defense has struggled heading into this game while UIC is trying to pull off the big upset to continue their season. 

Southern Illinois Defense Has Struggled

Southern Illinois has really struggled heading into this game and they have lost two games in a row. Two games ago against Bradley, they lost 86-67 and in the last game against Northern Illinois, they lost 82-70. Xavier Johnson was the top player in the last game putting up 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Southern Illinois averaging 72.4 points while their defense is giving up 67.7 points per game. Xavier Johnson is averaging 22 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. 

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Can UIC pull the Upset?

UIC is the 11 seed in the Missouri Valley tournament, but they hope they can pull the upset here. In the last game against Missouri State, the offense only scored 59 points and they ended up losing by ten points. UIC is averaging 70.6 points while their defense is giving up 71.1 points per game. Isaiah Rivera is averaging 15.2 points while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 42.1 perent from behind the three point line. 

Southern Illinois vs UIC Betting Prediction

Southern Illinois is going to have no issue. UIC at times has been competitive but that isn’t going to be the case here. Southern Illinois is averaging 72.4 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score. This is going to be a team where the UIC offense struglges, and Southern Illinois is going to get the job done. Back Southern Illinois to cover the spread here. This is a strong play here. 

Shane’s Pick Southern Illinois -5

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