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Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois-Chicago Flames (1-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (5-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The UIC Flames and Illinois Fighting Illini square off Saturday afternoon at the United Center.

The UIC Flames need a big victory after losing five of their first six games. The UIC Flames are averaging 61.4 points on 34 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Dikembe Dixson is averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while Tai Odiase is averaging 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Paris Burns is dishing 2.2 assists and Dominique Matthews is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The UIC Flames are shooting 25.6 percent from beyond the arc and 60.1 percent from the free throw line. UIC is allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 82 or more points in its last three games. The UIC Flames have lost 10 of their last 14 games. 

Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini need a victory in order to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 75.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 21 points and four rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 assists. Michael Finke is dishing 1.1 assists and Jalen Coleman-Lands is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. Illinois is allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 79 or more points in four of its last seven games. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost 10 of their last 17 games. Leron Black is questionable with a knee injury.

The Flames are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Fighting Illini are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 games overall. 

The Illinois Fighting Illini are getting healthy and continue to be an above average offensive team. Meanwhile, UIC has struggled at both ends of the court and likely isn't ready for a big road matchup. I have the Fighting Illini in a blowout. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini -19.5

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