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Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Grizzlies (11-12) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (5-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)

The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the UIC Pavilion to take on the UIC Flames this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies won their 6th straight game and improved to 11-12 (6-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 96-80, this past Sunday. Oakland shot 54.8% from the field and 39.3% (11-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Kahlil Felder who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Oakland is ranked 141st in the RPI Standings and has played the 65th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (16.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 7.5 apg, 2.1 spg) and Corey Petros (13.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 66th) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 74th). The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 60th) and 15.7 apg (ranked 35th). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg (ranked 333rd) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 322nd). The Golden Grizzlies are allowing opponents to shoot 35.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 127th) and grab 33.13 total rpg (ranked 244th).

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UIC Flames lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 5-18 (1-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 70-65, this past Saturday. UIC allowed Valparaiso to shoot 46.4% from the field and was outrebounded by a 45-26 margin. Leading the way for the Flames was Ahman Fells who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. UIC is ranked 308th in the RPI Standings and has played the 125th ranked SOS. On the season, the Flames have been led by Alec Peters (17.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Tevonn Walker (10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, UIC is averaging 64.0 ppg (ranked 263rd) on 37.2% shooting (ranked 337th). The Flames shoot 73.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 33rd) and pull down 12.13 offensive rpg (ranked 76th). Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg (ranked 276th) on 47.1% shooting (ranked 331st). The Flames have a turnover margin of 0.7 (ranked 13th) and allow teams to shoot 38.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 320th).

The Golden Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Flames are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.

Oakland has put together a nice little win streak and will look to continue to improve their standing in the Horizon league. UIC has really struggled in the Horizon however, played Valparaiso tough at home in their recent loss. I’ve been riding Oakland since they started conference play and it has paid off. I think Oakland’s offensive will continue to roll and cover this small spread. Take Oakland to cover. 

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