Northern Kentucky vs. UIC - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky vs. UIC - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UIC Flames (7-7) at Northern Kentucky Norse (11-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm (BB)

The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -8.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UIC Flames will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Sunday night in College Basketball action.

The UIC Flames won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-7 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after upsetting the Wright State Raiders, 75-72 in OT, this past Friday. UIC fought back from a late 57-52 deficit to force OT and picked the victory on a Travell Washington game-winning three-pointer as time expired in overtime. UIC shot 45.8% from the field and 43.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Flames was Tarkus Ferguson who had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.

On the season, UIC is averaging 77.6 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Flames are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UIC has been led by Marcus Ottey (16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Tarkus Ferguson (15.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.4 apg), Godwin Boahen (14.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jordan Blount (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg).

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Defensively, UIC is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Flames have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-3 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 92-77, this past Friday. Northern Kentucky was outstanding on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 51-30 halftime lead. Northern Kentucky shot 53.7% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 79.0 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (18.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), Tyler Sharpe (14.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Jalen Tate (11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and Dantez Walton (11.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Flames are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win. The Norse are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Horizon League opponents and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Sunday games.

UIC has been solid on the offensive end of the court this season as they rank 104th in scoring offense and 58th in FG%, however, the Flames are just 1-6 on the road this season as they rank just 305th in scoring defense. Northern Kentucky is one of the Horizon League favorites this season and have been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 78th in scoring offense & T-62nd in scoring defense. UIC picked up a nice road victory against Wright State, however, I just don’t see the Flames finding the same type of success on the offensive end against the Norse defense and as Drew McDonald and company should be able to put up plenty of points on the UIC defense, I’m taking Northern Kentucky to cover this home spread.

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Brett’s Pick Northern Kentucky Norse -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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