Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (10-16) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (7-20)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)
The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the UIC Pavilion to take on the UIC Flames this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Milwaukee Panthers dropped to 10-16 (5-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 62-55, this past Sunday. Milwaukee shot 40.4% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Matt Tiby who had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Milwaukee is ranked 253rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Matt Tiby (12.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg). Milwaukee is averaging 64.7 ppg (ranked 242nd) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 251st). The Panthers are shooting 73.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 41st) and average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 122nd). Milwaukee is holding their opponents to an average of 70.2 ppg (ranked 271st) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 315th). The Panthers pull down 23.62 defensive rpg (ranked 186th) and commit an average of 17.5 personal fouls per game (ranked 116th).
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The UIC Flames dropped to 7-20 (3-9 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland State Vikings, 67-59, this past Sunday. UIC shot 28.1% from the field and 32.0% (8-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Flames was Ahman Fells who had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 steal. UIC is ranked 295th in the RPI Standings and has played the 132nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Flames have been led by Jay Harris (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Paris Burns (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg). UIC is averaging 65.5 ppg (ranked 219th) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 333rd). The Flames are shooting 73.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 32nd) and commit only 11.7 turnovers per game (ranked 70th). UIC is holding their opponents to an average of 71.2 ppg (ranked 289th) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 340th). The Flames are allowing teams to shoot 39.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 334th) and commit an average of 18.7 personal fouls per game (ranked 215th).
The Panthers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Flames are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Milwaukee has played better at home as of late (wins vs. Oakland, Detroit) however, have yet to win on the road this year (0-11). UIC has been a great play as of late as heavy underdogs against the conference leaders and have actually picked up a couples win at Detroit and Wright State. Although it's hard to take a team ranked 295th in the RPI as a favorite, Milwaukee has been getting destroyed on the road all season long, and I think UIC will continue their strong offensive output against a weak Milwaukee to cover this small spread at home. Take UIC to cover.