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Northern Kentucky vs. UIC - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UIC Flames (5-9) at Northern Kentucky Norse (8-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (BB)

The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -13.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds


Over at BB&T Arena on Saturday, the UIC Flames will be taking on the Northern Kentucky Norse in college basketball action. 

UIC comes in here at 5-9 on the season. the Flames have lost three of their last four, falling to Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Wright State. In that last game, UIC’s Marcus Ottey put up 16 points. 

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Northern Kentucky vs. UIC - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Tops in scoring for UIC this year is Dikembe Dixon with 14.1 PPG and 4.6 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Flames are Ottey (12.3 PPG) and Dominique Matthews (11.7 PPG), while Tai Odiase leads the team in rebounding (6.0 RPG). 

Over on the Northern Kentucky side, they’re sitting at 8-5 this year. The Norse lost two to UMBC and Texas A&M, but won their last game versus IUPUI. In that one, the Norse’s top scorer was Drew McDonald with 27 points. 

McDonald leads the Northern Kentucky roster on 16.9 PPG and 7.8 RPG, and Carson Williams is second on 14.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Norse is Lavone Holland with 13.2 PPG. 

The Flames are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. UIC is also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky is 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Horizon League and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 following an ATS win. The Norse are also 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 overall and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. 

UIC has some decent scorers on their roster, but they’re prone to stalling out on the scoreboard from time to time. As for Northern Kentucky, they’ve got some solid numbers up top as well, and on the whole they haven’t been getting rolled in their losses. I’ll take the Norse to cover here.

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