Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Yale Bulldogs - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Yale Bulldogs (1-1) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Memorial A & C Center)
The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames +8 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs take the floor with the UIC Flames in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic Friday.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames are expected to finish at or near the bottom of the Horizon League but they have done well thus far despite a 1-1 start. Following a one point loss to DePaul the Flames responded with a 67-64 decision versus visiting Western Illinois. Neither team were great offensively with the Leathernecks connecting at less then 39% and UIC hitting shots at 37% but the decisive edge came at the charity stripe where the Flames held a hefty 24-7 edge. Jake Wiegard was the best player on the floor with 28 points and eleven rebounds followed by a 13 point, five yank effort from Paris Burns with Mark Brown contributing nine points but turning the ball over a team high five times.
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The Yale Bulldogs are expected to challenge for the Ivy League crown and that doesn't surprise me but if you follow that conference you are fully aware that anything can happen. The Bulldogs dropped their opener in overtime to Quinnipiac but came back with a 97-51 rout of Newbury College in a game that over at the opening tip. The Nighthawks were not much of a challenge with 24% shooting including a 5-22 effort from long ramge. On the flip side Yale burned the nets at a 51% pace with a +25 rebounding margin with the end result being 22 more field goals. Jack Montague and Sam Downey led the scoring spree with 18 points apiece with Matt Townsend next in line with 14 while Javier Duren and Greg Kelley tossed in nine points apiece. Overall eleven players found the scoring column.
The facts are that Harvard is the face of the Ivy League and in my view Princeton is face number two. The reality is Yale is a pretty good team and likely a little under the radar but they have to prove themselves and that has yet to be seen. The Horizon is a nice mid-major that lost their identity when Butler left but Illinois-Chicago has struggled for a long time so I'm backing the chalk and hoping Yale plays as they are capable...