UIC vs. IUPUI - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UIC vs. IUPUI - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

IUPUI Jaguars (7-24) at UIC Flames (15-16)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Credit Union 1 Arena)

The Line: UIC Flames -7.5 -- Over/Under:

TV: ESPN+

The IUPUI Jaguars and the UIC Flames meet in college basketball action from UIC Pavilion on Tuesday. 

Heading into this Horizon League Tournament opener, IUPUI is 7-24 on the year. After breaking a seven-game losing streak with a win over Oakland, IUPUI fell in their last game to Detroit Saturday. 

In the loss to Detroit, IUPUI’s leading scorer was Marcus buck with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. Elyjah Goss added 23 points, 12 rebounds and two assists there, and Jaylen Minnett chipped in 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. 

Over on the UIC side, they’re 15-16 this year. After a three-game win streak over Northern Kentucky, IUPUI and Detroit, UIC lost their last game 68-66 to Oakland on Saturday.
In the loss to Oakland, UIC’s leading scorer was Tarkus Ferguson with 21 points, four rebounds and two assists. Godwin Boahen was also in double-digits there with 16 points and six rebounds, and Michael Diggins turned in 10 rebounds with nine points for UIC. 

UIC is 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday games and 4-0 ATS in the last four after a straight-up loss. UIC is 5-0 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and the over is 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games. 

Meanwhile, IUPUI is 4-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up loss and 32-67-1 ATS in their last 100 versus a team with a losing straight-up record. The over is 7-1 in IUPUI’s last eight overall and 5-0 in their last five after an ATS loss. 

IUPUI is sputtering right now with just one victory in their last nine games—a 71-68 affair versus Oakland. It’s not that IUPUI isn’t scoring very well; they’ve been above 70 more often than not lately, but are routinely coughing up big points totals and that’s where they get into trouble. 

As for UIC, they’ve had some close calls and some bad outings themselves lately, but are more reliable on the defensive end—plus they’re a pretty reliable scoring team. I can’t find a lot of reasons not to take UIC in this one. 

Andrew’s Pick UIC Flames -7.5

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