UIC Flames vs. UTSA Roadrunners - 11/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UTSA Roadrunners (0-2) at UIC Flames (0-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)
The Line: UIC Flames -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of winless teams go head-to-head as the UTSA Roadrunners face off against the UIC Flames on Wednesday night.
The UTSA Roadrunners fell to 0-2 following a 72-64 defeat at the hands of the Oregon State Beavers. The Roadrunners actually led for a good chunk of the game, even into the 2nd half before Oregon State took over and pulled away late. Jeff Beverly led the way with 12 points on 4 of 14 from the floor including 1 for 5 behing the 3-point line while making all 3 of his attempts from the foul line. Lucas O’Brien was the only other UTSA player in double figures as he connected on 3 of his 6 attempts while going a perfect 4 for 4 from the charity stripe to finish with 10 points to go along with 6 rebounds on the night. As a team, UTSA is near the bottom of the country in field goal percentage, sitting 330th out of 347 D-I programs with just 34.6 % from the field, 25% from 3-point range and 58% from the line, 312th and 313th in those categories respectively.
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The UIC Flames lost their opener in heartbreaking fashion as they dropped an 82-80 decision to the San Francisco Dons. Dikembe Dixson led the Flames as one of 4 players who scored at least 10 points in the loss after shooting 4 for 10 from the field including 2 of 3 from downtown and 5 of 6 from the foul line. Tai Odiase connected on 4 of his 9 field goal attempts while making 4 of 7 from the foul line for 12 points. Godwin Boahen also netted 12 for the Flames by shooting 4 of 10 from the field including 3 of 7 from behind the arc and Kyle Guice made the most of his 9 minutes of floor time by potting 4 of 5 shots from the field including 3 of 4 from 3-point range for 11 points to round out the double digit quartet. The one number that jumped off of the page was UIC’s ability to crash the offensive glass as 18 of their 38 total rebounds came on the offensive end. As a team, UIC is shooting 44.3% from the field, 47.8% from 3-point range and 53.6% from the foul line.
UTSA is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. UIC is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 non-conference games.
UTSA looked like they figured out how to win a game until they forgot how to put the ball in the basket. While UIC, if it weren’t for some poor free throw shooting, could be coming into this game with a 1-0 record. The pick is dicey and the line looks about right, but I’ll side with UIC here.