UIC vs. Youngstown State - 3/5/20 Horizon League Conference Quarterfinals College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Youngstown State Penguins (18-14) at UIC Flames (16-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Joseph J. Gentile Center)
The Line: UIC Flames -4 -- Over/Under: 136
The Youngstown State Penguins and the UIC Flames meet in a Horizon League conference tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from the Credit Union 1 Arena on Thursday night.
The Youngstown State Penguins, the #5 seed in the tournament, come into this one after logging a 63-57 win over Milwaukee to ensure their spot in the tournament semi-finals. Darius Quisenberry leads Youngstown State in scoring and assists with 16.8 PPG and 4.2 APG while Naz Bohannon is 2nd in scoring and the Penguins’ leading rebounder with 11.2 PPG and 8.6 RPG this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 73.5 points on 42.4% shooting from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range and 68.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.8 points on 44.2% shooting from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range this season.
The UIC Flames come into this one as the #4-seed, fresh off of handing a 93-59 butt-whooping to IUPUI in the first round last time out. Tarkus Ferguson leads the Flames with an average of 14.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 4.9 APG while Marcus Ottey has 11.7 PPG and Godwin Boahen is UIC’s 3rd double-digit scorer averaging 10.4 PPG and 4.1 RPG this season. As a team, UIC is averaging 68.3 points on 43.9% shooting from the field, 34.3% from 3-point range and 68.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.7 points on 41% shooting from the field and 29.2% from 3-point range this season.
The points with Youngstown State are tempting as this game looks like it’s going to shape up to be a fairly close game. However, UIC has really stepped it up lately, turning it on in their last four games and outscoring their opponents by 16.8 points per game across their last 5 while allowing their opposition to put up just 61.8 points per game. If this game was on a neutral floor I’d look to Youngstown State and the points, but I think UIC wins this game by 6-7 points coming down to free throws late, so I’ll lay the points with UIC at home here.