UIC Flames (2-2) vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-1)
November 25, 2021 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors PK / UIC Flames PK; Over/Under: -133.5
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The Hawaii Warriors and the UIC Flames meet in college basketball action from the Orleans Arena on Thursday.
The Hawaii Warriors come into this game looking to build on their 73-61 win over Pacific last time out. Noel Coleman leads the Warriors in scoring and assists with 16.7 PPG and 2.7 APG while Bernardo da Silva has 15.3 PPG with 8 RPG. Junior Madut has 11.7 PPG while Jerome Desroisers has 10.3 PPG with 10.3 PPG and a team-high 9 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Hawaii so far this season. As a team, Hawaii is averaging 82.7 PPG on 45.1% shooting from the field, 30.8% from three and 81.1% from the foul line while allowing 69.7 PPG on 39.5% shooting from the field and 36% from three this season.
The UIC Flames will look to bounce back from an 80-63 loss at the hands of Loyola-Chicago in their last game. Damaria Franklin has 16.2 PPG and 8.5 PPG to lead UIC on the glass and in scoring while Zion Griffin has 11.3 PPG with 3.5 RPG and Kevin Johnson has 10.8 PPG with a team-high 7.3 APG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for UIC so far this season. As a team, UIC is averaging 70.5 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 35.1% from three and 63.9% from the foul line while allowing 66 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field and 32.8% from three this season.
Hawaii is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following a win. UIC is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
I get the case that could be made Hawaii’s way here as the Warriors have a solid team, but UIC is slated to be one of the biggest risers in the Horizon League this season. The Flames hasve one of their better rosters in recent memory and their ability to hang with some of the better teams early on in their schedule is proof of that. I think the Flames win this one, so give me UIC here.