Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois-Chicago Flames (5-14) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (15-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Green Bay Phoenix clash with Horizon rival the Illinois-Chicago Flames at the Resch Center.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames won't be challenging for the conference crown but might decide who does if they can effectively play the spoiler. The Flames are struggling in this role as they have dropped three in a row after a 69-68 defeat to visiting Detroit on Wednesday. UIC were up seven at the break before a late Titans comeback squeezed out the win. Illinois-Chicago held a slight 45.5%-44% shooting edge including a 22-11 advantage at the stripe but UDM turned 15 Flames giveaways and eleven offensive boards into a crucial 17 more looks. Jay Harris was the Flames big weapon with a contest high 22 points and eight helpers on 4-11 shooting with Jake Wiegand adding 14 points and six boards. Ahman Fells and Marc Brown each netted seven points with Brown posting eight rebounds.
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The Green Bay Phoenix can both score and defend which is why they are one of the top squads in the Horizon League. The Phoenix bounced back from their lone conference defeat to down Detroit 70-64 on Saturday to up their conference record to 4-1. GB trailed by three heading to the second half before a 43 point burst put this in the win column. Both teams gave the ball away 18 times with the Titans hitting at 44% with the Phoenix connecting 48% with a 17-8 advantage at the charity stripe being the deciding factor. Keifer Sykes was the offensive star poured in 28 points on 11-19 shooting followed by a 15 point, eleven rebound effort from Greg Mays. Carrington Love came through with 14 points, six board and five assists with Alfonzo McKinnie chipping in with seven points.
The Flames are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League. Illinois-Chicago are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Phoenix are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Green Bay are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Not much thinking needed here as the Phoenix could win by 25+ if they feel like it but the Flames have done well here for some reason...