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Missouri State vs UIC Basketball Picks 3-3-24

UIC Flames (11-19) vs. Missouri State Bears (15-15)
March 3, 2024 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Missouri State Bears -4; Over/Under: +144
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The UIC Flames and the Missouri State Bears meet in college basketball action from the Great Southern Bank Arena on Sunday. Who comes out on top in Sunday’s MVC clash? Let’s dive in and find out with our UIC vs. Missouri State Prediction.

UIC Team Preview

The UIC Flames come into this one looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 10-7-105 triple OT loss to Drake last time out. Isaiah Rivera leads the Flames in scoring with 15.3 PPG along with 4.1 RPG while Toby Okani has 11.4 PPG with a team-high 6.8 RPG and 2 BPG to lead the Flames in rebounding and blocks and CJ Jones also has 11.6 PPG with 3.4 RPG and a team-high 4.9 APG as well this season to lead the Flames in assists while capping off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Flames. As a team, UIC is averaging 71 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 37.4% from three and 69.2% from the foul line this season.

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Missouri State Team Preview

The Missouri State Bears come into this game looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a 75-74 loss to Illinois State last time out. Alston Mason leads the Bears in scoring with 18.1 PPG and 3.6 APG while Donovan Clay has 12.9 PPG with 5.8 RPG and 2.3 APG this season. Chance Moore has 10.9 PPG with 5.3 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Missouri State so far this season. N.J. Benson also has 8.4 PPG with a team-high 7.8 RPG and 1.6 BPG to lead the Bears on the glass and in blocks this season. Matthew Lee also has 8.7 PPG with a team-high 3.8 APG to lead the Bears in the assist department this season. As a team, Missouri State is averaging 72.1 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field, 31.7% from three and 70.6% from the foul line this season.

UIC vs. Missouri State Prediction

I’m on Missouri State here. Bottom line for me is neither team has anything but pride to play for here as both are locked into their seeds in the MVC tournament, but it is senior day for Missouri State so I have to think the Bears want to send their seniors out in style. I’ll lay the points here with the Bears.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Missouri State -4

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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