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Loyola-Chicago vs. UIC - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UIC Flames (2-4) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (7-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)

The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have a battle on the hardwood in the Windy City, as the UIC Flames take on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.

The UIC Flames will look for a big time road win to snap a 3 game losing skid after an 87-66 loss to Troy last time out. Dominique Matthews led the team with 14 points on 4 triples and a pair of free throws. Marcus Ottey came 2nd with 11 points with 4 assists and a pair of steals, while Jordan Blount chipped in 10 points along with a pair of steals of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for the Flames in the loss. Godwin Boahen added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds along with 3 assists and 3 steals. Dikembe Dixson leads the team with an average of 12.2 points per game while Tai Odiase leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game and Tarkus Ferguson is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, UIC is scoring 72 points per game on 40.3% shooting from the field, 29.8% from behind the arc and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

Loyola-Chicago vs. UIC - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, an 87-53 blowout loss at the hands of Boise State last time out. Aundre Jackson led the team with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting in just 19 minutes, while Clayton Custer chipped in 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals as the only Ramblers to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Cameron Krutwig led the team with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the losing effort while Donte Ingram chipped in 8 points and 4 rebounds. Marques Townes leads the team with an average of 14.4 points per game while Ingram leads the team on the glass with 7 rebounds per game and Custer is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is scoring 78.4 points per game on 51.9% shooting from the field, 40.5% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

UIC is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. Loyola-Chicago is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss of 20 or more points while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 non-conference games. The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

UIC has had the better luck between the two teams, going 14-6 ATS in the last 20 head-to-head matchups. However, I can’t see that happening here with a Flames team that’s 0-4 ATS this season, and is running into a Ramblers team that was humiliated in their last outing and will want to take out some frustrations. Give me the Ramblers by double digits.

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