Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Central Florida Knights - 12/11/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Florida Knights (5-2) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (2-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)
The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Central Florida Knights make the long trip to UIC Pavilion to face the Illinois-Chicago Flames.
The Central Florida Knights are supposed to finish in the bottom half of the AAC and even though they are off to a solid 5-2 start there are areas of concern. Defense or lack there of jumps out at me with opponents scoring 71 points on 46% from the field and is something to watch going forward. The defense was hit hard in a 96-73 loss at Florida State on Saturday with the Seminoles sinking shots at over 62% and owning a +15 on the backboards. The Knights hit at 41% but obviously couldn't keep up on the scoreboard with that number. Brandon Goodwin led the Knights with 16 points and five yanks followed by BJ Taylor and Adonys Henriquez with 14 points each followed by a 12 point effort from Daiquan Walker.
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The Illinois-Chicago Flames are already in a must win situation if they are to save the season. At 2-7 the Flames are in need of a big boost at both ends of the floor as they are being outscored 72-64. The Flames are looking to end a three game slide after a 77-67 defeat to city rival Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. The Ramblers 54.5% marksmanship and 26 free throws outdistanced the 37.5% shooting of UIC who had plenty of opportunities on 20 more shots thanks to 19 offensive rebounds. Paris Burns poured in a game high 26 points on 8-13 from the field but fouled out in just 24 minutes. Jay Harris tossed in 12 points and posted five assists before he fould out as well while Jake Weigand chipped in with nine points and hauled in nine rebounds.
The Knights are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. loss while going 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. Central Florida are 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Flames are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home while going 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games. UIC are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. I'm not impressed with Central Florida's record but what we have here are two teams that are a combined 1-9 ATS so I'd look elsewhere...