Detroit Titans vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Illinois-Chicago Flames (5-16) at Detroit Titans (9-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Calihan Hall)
The Line: Detroit Titans -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Illinois-Chicago hopes for its first conference win against Detroit when the two tangle at Calihan Hall Wednesday.
The Breakdown: Detroit is in 8th place in the Horizon League with a conference record of 2-5, including a 62-52 loss at Green Bay Sunday. It was a dismal shooting performance from both sides, with the Titans shooting 31.5 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from distance to Green Bay’s 28.3 percent from the floor and 2 of 14 from outside the arc. However, the Phoenix hit 34 of 41 from the free throw line and forced 16 Detroit turnovers. Senior F Evan Bruinsma had a team-high 14 points, including 3 of 5 from downtown, to go along with 7 rebounds and sophomore Carlton Brundidge added 11 points and 6 boards off the bench. On the season, the Titans are averaging 71.5 ppg on 41.2 percent shooting. Juwan Howard, Jr. leads the team with 17.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Illinois-Chicago is in last place in the conference at 0-7 and on a 10-game slide. The Flames lost a heartbreaker 76-75 to Oakland Saturday when senior Grizzlies G Duke Mondy hit a three-pointer as time expired. Illinois-Chicago shot a strong 56 percent from the field and hit 8 of 16 from downtown, while holding Oakland to 47.4 percent from the floor and 7 of 23 from beyond the arc. The Flames also finished with a 38-21 advantage on the board, but committed a whopping 22 turnovers. Senior C Jordan Harks had a game-high 21 points and senior G Kelsey Barlow added 20 points and 7 assists. Through 21 games, Illinois-Chicago is averaging 68.8 ppg on 43.9 percent shooting and Barlow leads the team with 15.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: Detroit is currently an 8-point favorite in this one and the Flames are in the biggest of skids—ten games to be exact. The Titans just snapped theirs, but still look a bit better on paper. Look for Detroit to cover.