Illinois State Redbirds (6-7) vs. UIC Flames (8-5)
December 28, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: UIC Flames -2.5 / Illinois State Redbirds +2.5; Over/Under: +137
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The Illinois State Redbirds and the UIC Flames meet in college basketball action from the Credit Union 1 Arena on Wednesday night.
The Illinois State Redbirds will look to build on a 66-52 win over Chicago State in their last game. Kendall Lewis leads the Redbirds in scoring and rebounding, with 12.7 PPG and 7.6 RPG while Darius Burford has 10.9 PPG with a team-high 2.3 APG. Seneca Knight has 10.5 PPG with 6.6 RPG to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Illinois State up to this point in the year. As a team, Illinois State is averaging 67.8 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 33.7% from three and 80% from the foul line this season.
The UIC Flames will be out to bounce back from a 92-54 win over Northwestern on the road in their last game. Jace Carter leads UIC in scoring with 16.2 PPG along with 5.7 RPG while Trevante Anderson has 12.8 PPG with 2.9 RPG and a team-high 4.1 APG to lead the Flames in assists. Toby Okani has 12.7 PPG with a team-high 7.7 RPG to lead the Flames in rebounding and to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for UIC so far this season. As a team, UIC is averaging 69.5 PPG on 42.7% shooting from the field, 33.7% from three and 66.5% from the foul line this season.
Illinois State is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win. UIC is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games.
I get the case to be made for Illinois State here, but I’m sticking with UIC here. The favorite have done well in this matchup, covering in 5 of the last 7 meetings, and the Flames have covered each of their last 8 games against teams with losing records. Illinois State has done well against lesser opponents, but I don’t think they’ll be able to keep UIC down here. Give me the Flames and the reasonable number in this one.