Wright State Raiders vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois-Chicago Flames (6-19) at Wright State Raiders (11-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio
The UIC Flames will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The UIC Flames improved to 6-19 (2-8 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans, 83-73, this past Sunday. UIC shot 58.7% from the field and 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Flames was Paris Burns who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. UIC is ranked 307th in the RPI Standings and has played the 140th ranked SOS. On the season, the Flames have been led by Jay Harris (13.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Paris Burns (10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg). UIC is averaging 65.2 ppg (ranked 222nd) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 334th). The Flames are shooting 73.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 38th) and average 6.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 207th). UIC is holding their opponents to an average of 71.2 ppg (ranked 293rd) on 48.0% shooting (ranked 336th). The Flames are pulling down 34.08 total rpg (ranked 197th) and have a rebound margin of -0.6 (ranked 219th).
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The Wright State Raiders dropped to 11-13 (3-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland State Vikings, 88-72, this past Saturday. Wright State shot 54.2% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Joe Thomasson who had 17 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Wright State is ranked 166th in the RPI Standings and has played the 105th ranked SOS. On the season, the Raiders have been led by Joe Thomasson (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Chrishawn Hopkins (9.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg). Wright State is averaging 65.4 ppg (ranked 220th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 152nd). The Raiders are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 102nd) and 12.0 turnovers per game (ranked 101st). Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg (ranked 235th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 276th). The Raiders average 39.33 total rpg (ranked 332nd) and have a rebound margin of -5.5 (ranked 330th).
The Flames are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The UIC Flames snapped an eight game losing streak with their recent victory against Detroit. Wright State has really struggled since losing their leading scorer, J.T. Yoho (16.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg), as they've lost six of their last seven. Although UIC can allow teams to score on them, Wright State has struggled offensively without J.T. Yoho as they've only scored over 60 points twice in their last 7 games. I think Wright State will get the victory here, however, this is too many points to trust Wright State to cover. Take UIC and the points.