Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames - 1/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois-Chicago Flames (2-15) at Northern Kentucky Norse (6-11)
College Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB)
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Kentucky Norse welcome the Illinois-Chicago Flames to town Friday night.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames are struggling to score and defend which is why they are saddled with a 2-15 record. The Flames have lost seven straight and fell to 0-6 in the Horizon after a 70-53 defeat at Cleveland State Monday as a 10.5 point road dog. UIC trailed by ten after 20 minutes and never recovered. Both teams made shots at 37.7% but the Vikings totaled eight more looks and Illinois-Chicago hurt themselves with an 11-28 effort from the stripe. Dikembe Dixon paced the Flames offense with 15 points and six pulls on 6-18 shooting with Tai Odiase adding eleven points and eleven rebounds on 5-6. Michael Kolawole chipped in with eight points but production was difficult to find.
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When the Northern Kentucky Norse joined the Horizon I knew they wouldn’t be competing for the Conference crown. I also didn’t expect them to rout Oakland on the road 90-73 Tuesday night behind a 49-34 second half. The Golden Grizzlies struggled to 38% marksmanship while the Norse burned the nets at 52.7% and nailed 11-25 three pointers. Jalen Billups led NKU with 22 points and eight boards with Tyler White adding 20 points and six assists. Drew McDonald scored 18 points and hauled in eleven rebounds while LaVone Holland tossed in 16 points with six pulls and five helpers.
The under is 12-1 in UIC last 13 road games and is 12-2 in UIC last 14 vs. Horizon League while the Flames are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Northern Kentucky are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games andare 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall. I don’t know what to say about this one except Northern Kentucky covers if they duplicate their effort against Oakland…