Wright State vs. UIC - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wright State vs. UIC - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

UIC Flames (6-7) at Wright State Raiders (6-7)

College Basketball: Friday, December 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)

The Line: Wright State Raiders -6 -- Over/Under: 148 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UIC Flames will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The UIC Flames won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-7 on the season after defeating the NAIA St. Francis (ILL) Fighting Saints, 76-55, this past Friday. UIC was outstanding on the defensive end and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 41-24 halftime lead. UIC shot 50.9% from the field while holding St. Francis to just 38.2% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Flames was Tarkus Ferguson who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, UIC is averaging 77.8 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Flames are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UIC has been led by Marcus Ottey (15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Tarkus Ferguson (15.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Godwin Boahen (15.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jordan Blount (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg).

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Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Flames have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Wright State Raiders had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-7 on the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 67-63, this past Saturday night. Wright State fought back from a 35-24 halftime deficit to tie the game at 55-all with 5:57 left, however, couldn’t pull up the upset victory after Mississippi State took a 66-60 lead with just :23 seconds left in regulation. Wright State allowed Mississippi State to shoot 49.0% from the field and was outrebounded by the Bulldogs by a 34-23 margin. Leading the way for the Raiders was Billy Wampler who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Wright State is averaging 73.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Billy Wampler (15.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), Loudon Love (14.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg), Cole Gentry (13.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg), and Mark Hughes (9.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Flames are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. Horizon League opponents. The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.

UIC is 0-6 on the road this season and things won’t get better for the Flames unless they improve their defense that currently ranks 311th in scoring defense & 222nd in defensive FG%. Wright State might have a losing overall record however, they’ve played some tough opponents to stat of their season and as they have a solid defense and three-point shooting, I think the Raiders do enough at home to cover this spread. Take Wright State to cover.

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Brett’s Pick Wright State Raiders -6

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