UIC Flames (5-2) at IPFW Mastodons (2-5)
College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Hilliard Gates Center)
The Line: IPFW Mastodons +2 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UIC Flames and the Fort Wayne Mastodons meet Friday in college basketball action from Gates Sports Center.
UIC enters this one at 5-2 so far. The Flames have won their last two games versus Oakland, the latest win coming December 20. As for Fort Wayne, they’re 2-5 this year. The Mastodons have lost consecutive games to Northern Kentucky in their last pair. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
UIC came out of the gate with three straight wins over Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Valparaiso. Consecutive losses to Ball State and Loyola IL came after that. In the two games versus Oakland, the Flames managed wins 74-72 and 90-73 to move to 5-2 on the year.
In the December 20 win over Oakland, UIC’s top performer was Teyvion Kirk, who tripled up on 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Rob Howard led the way with 23 points and eight boards, while Jamie Ahale chipped in 17 points with four rebounds in 32 minutes.
Over on the Fort Wayne side, they kicked off the year at 1-3, taking out Southeastern LA then falling to Cleveland State (twice) and Robert Morris. Since then it’s been a win over Robert Morris and two more losses to Northern Kentucky, 75-68 and 70-68.
In the Saturday loss to Northern Kentucky, Fort Wayne’s Jalon Pipkins posted 16 points with three rebounds and three assists. Bobby Planutis added 13 points and two rebounds, and both Demetric Horton and Jarred Godfrey contributed 10 points apiece.
The Mastodons are 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Friday games. Fort Wayne is 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall and the under is 24-9-1 in their last 34 overall.
Meanwhile, the Flames are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six Friday games. The over is 4-0 in UIC’s last four overall and the under is 8-1 in their last nine Friday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with UIC. Fort Wayne has had a few pretty good offensive performances, but they’ve also been at 68 points or below in four of their seven games. The Mastodons also give up a lot of points: 70 or more in each of their last five outings. UIC has had some scoring duds themselves, but did hang 90 on Oakland in their last game. If the Flames can get going early in this one it’s a good spot for a cover.