Wright State vs. Illinois-Chicago - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois-Chicago Flames (2-16) at Wright State Raiders (12-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The UIC Flames will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UIC Flames lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 2-16 (0-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 82-69 in OT, this past Friday. UIC played Northern Kentucky tight throughout the game however, had no answer for the Norse in OT as they were outscored by a 17-4 margin in the extra period. UIC struggled offensively as they shot just 38.3% shooting from the field and 8.3% (1-12) from beyond the arc. The Flames allowed the Norse to shoot 46.3% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for UIC was Dikembe Dixson who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Flames have been led by Dikembe Dixson (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), Dominique Matthews (9.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Tai Odiase (8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 bpg). Offensively, UIC is averaging 65.7 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field and 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Flames average 4.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.81. Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Flames average 4.8 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -3.1.
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The Wright State Raiders won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-8 (6-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 73-62, this past Friday. Wright State had a huge 2nd half in which the outscored the Crusaders by a 51-37 margin to pull off the upset victory. Wright State shot 44.9% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc. The Raiders held the Crusaders to 36.1% shooting from the field and forced Valparaiso into committing 16 turnovers. Leading the way for Wright State was Joe Thomasson who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. On the season, the Raiders have been led by Mark Alstork (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg), JT Yoho (12.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Joe Thomasson (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 67.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field and 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Raiders average 7.5 three-pointers and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Raiders average 5.1 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Flames are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games however, just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League opponents.
UIC has really struggled this season on both sides of the ball as they ranked 312th in the country in scoring offense and 298th in scoring defense. Wright State has been playing outstanding as of late and showed the entire Horizon League that they are contenders with their impressive victory over Valparaiso. Wright State has a great defense and as they are averaging 73.3 ppg in conference play this season I think the Raiders will continue their solid play and cover this large spread. Take Wright State to cover.