Troy vs. UIC - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UIC Flames (2-3) at Troy Trojans (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Trojan Arena)
The Line: Troy Trojans -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference college basketball action on tap Wednesday night, as the UIC Flames take on the Troy Trojans.
The UIC Flames will try to rebound after back-to-back losses to fall to 2-3 this season following their 107-73 loss to Kentucky in their last outing. Godwin Boahen led the team with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals, while Tai Odiase came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Dikembe Dixson came right behind with 14 points on 4 of 12 shooting with a 6 for 10 mark from the foul line while Dominique Matthews added 12 points and Clint Robinson chipped in 10 points for the Flames in the loss. Dixson leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game this season, while Odiase is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.8 boards per game and Tarkus Ferguson leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game this season. As a team, UIC is scoring 73.2 points per game on 40.7% shooting from the field, 29.3% from behind the arc and 73% from the foul line this season.
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The Troy Trojans come into this game looking to build on back-to-back victories, including a 95-64 rout of Delaware State in their last outing. Wesley Person Jr. led the team with 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 5 threes, while Juan Davis Jr. and Shawn Hopkins each had 16 points. Davis Jr. went 6 for 7 from the field with a pair of threes, while Hopkins went 4 for 6 with 3 triples. Alex Hicks rounded out the scoring in double digits for Troy in the win with 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kevin Baker chipped in just 3 points, but added a pair of steals and a team-high 8 assists in the winning effort. Jordon Varnado leads the team in scoring with 19 points per game, while B.J. Miller leads the team with 2.9 assists per game and Alex Hicks is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game this season. As a team, Troy is scoring 80.6 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
UIC is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. Troy is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I’m willing to forgive UIC against an offensive power like Kentucky, but that doesn’t change the face that UIC has yet to cover a game this season. Even if Varnado can’t go, Troy has the size to match up with UIC and I think the Trojans have the better team overall, so I’ll lay the points with Troy here.