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Illinois-Chicago vs. Illinois State - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (4-6) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (1-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)

The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames +9 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds

TV: American Sports Network

The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to UIC Pavilion to take on the UIC Flames this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Illinois State Redbirds snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 4-6 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Murray State Racers, 63-61, this past Sunday. The Redbirds trailed 31-26 at halftime but outscored the Racers by a 37-30 margin in the 2nd half to secure the victory. Illinois State shot 42.4% from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc. The Redbirds allowed the Racers to shoot 47.4% from the field and forced Murray State to commit 16 turnovers. Leading the way for Illinois State was Deontae Hawkins who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Redbirds have been led by DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (16.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Paris Lee (9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.6 spg), and Deontae Hawkins (9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Offensively, Illinois State is averaging 65.2 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field and 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redbirds average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.82. Defensively, Illinois State is allowing an average of 69.7 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Redbirds have a rebound margin of -4.2 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

Illinois-Chicago vs. Illinois State - 12/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UIC Flames lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 1-6 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illini, 83-79, this past Saturday. The Flames used a 14-0 run in the 2nd half to erase a 41-30 halftime lead however, couldn’t complete comeback after struggling offensively towards the end of the game. UIC shot 47.6% from the field and 60.0% (9-15) from beyond the arc. The Flames allowed the Fighting Illini to shoot 47.2% from the field and outrebound Illinois by a 40-30 margin. Leading the way for UIC was Dikembe Dixson who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Flames have been led by Dikembe Dixson (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Tai Odiase (10.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and Paris Burns (7.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, UIC is averaging 68.9 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field and 30.7% shooting from three-point range. The Flames average just 4.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.87. Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 43.9% shooting. The Flames have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -3.6.

The Redbirds are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Horizon League opponents however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Flames are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

The Illinois State Redbirds had a tough start to their season but have had a tough schedule to start season as they’ve had to play San Diego State, South Dakota State, Maryland, and Kentucky. UIC has only picked up one win under new head coach Steve McClain, however, they were very competitive against Illinois in their recent matchup. Illinois State is better team than their record might indicate and have the best player on the court in DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell. I think the Redbirds will be able to force the Flames into to committing many turnovers and will be able to cover this large road spread. Take Illinois State to cover. 

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