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Green Bay Phoenix vs. UIC - 2/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UIC Flames (5-22) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (18-11)

College Basketball: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The UIC Flames will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The UIC Flames lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-22 (3-13 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 74-63, this past Sunday. UIC allowed Oakland to use a 9-0 run late in the 1st half to take a 39-34 halftime lead and allowed the Grizzlies to slowly pull away in the 2nd half in the loss. UIC shot 35.8% from the field and just 30.0% (3-10) from beyond the arc. The Flames allowed the Golden Grizzlies allowed the Golden Grizzlies to shoot 42.4% shooting and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for UIC was Dikembe Dixson who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Flames have been led by Dikembe Dixson (19.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Tai Odiase (9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.3 bpg), and Najeal Young (6.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Offensively, UIC is averaging 67.5 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field and 29.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Flames average 4.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.80. Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 77.4 ppg on 42.6% shooting. The Flames have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

Green Bay Phoenix vs. UIC - 2/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Phoenix won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-11 (10-6 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 78-61, this past Monday. Green Bay was down by a 38-36 margin at halftime but used a 15-4 run early in the 2nd half take the lead and extending this lead to as many as 20 points in the victory. Green Bay shot 50.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. The Phoenix held the Vikings to 38.6% shooting from the field and outrebounded Cleveland State by a 37-31 margin. Leading the way for Green Bay was Jordan Fouse who had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Carrington Love (18.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg), Charles Cooper (13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jordan Fouse (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.2 spg, 1.4 bpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 85.6 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 81.9 ppg on 46.0% shooting. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 4.9.

The Flames are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Phoenix are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

UIC has had a long season but has been playing their best basketball of the season as of late and was even able to get a nice home win against the Wright State Raiders due to the strong play of Dikembe Dixson and Tai Odiase. Green Bay has keep the tempo at a fast pace this season which has helped them have one of the best scoring offenses in the country and at the same time, one of the worse scoring defenses. UIC has yet to win a game on the road this season and although their defense will have trouble slowing down the Phoenix offense, the Flames have only lost by 16+ points in 2 of their last 14 games and I just think the Flames are playing well enough to keep it within this large number. Take UIC and the points.  

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