UIC Flames (8-4) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (8-2)
December 20, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -15.5 / UIC Flames +15.5; Over/Under: +129
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The UIC Flames and Northwestern Wildcats meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. The UIC Flames look for their ninth win. The Northwestern Wildcats look for their ninth win.
The UIC Flames are averaging 70.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Jace Carter is averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Trevante Anderson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 assists. Toby Oakani is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Jackson is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The UIC Flames are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The UIC Flames are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game.
The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 66.3 points on 38.3 percent shooting and allowing 55.6 points on 34.2 percent shooting. Chase Audige is averaging 14.1 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Boo Buie is averaging 13.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Robbie Beran is the third double-digit scorer and Ty Berry is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game.
The Flames are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 14-37-3 ATS in their last 54 games following a ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The under is 8-2 in Wildcats last 10 overall.
The Northwestern Wildcats are going to be big favorites for obvious reasons, but I wouldn’t sleep on UIC and this start. The UIC Flames are a well above average defensive side, and they’ve shown they can hang on the road already this season. Also, this is a much more important game for UIC in terms of resume and simply bragging rights as the smaller school in Illinois. Give me the free buckets.