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Green Bay vs. Illinois-Chicago - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois-Chicago at Green Bay
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Resch Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Line
Green Bay Phoenix -2.5 O/U: 158.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The UIC Flames and the Green Bay Phoenix will match up in college basketball action on Saturday.

UIC enters this one on a 9-10 record overall. The Flames had won consecutive games versus Youngstown State and Cleveland State, but lost their last appearance to Milwaukee 81-69.

In the loss to Milwaukee, UIC’s Marcus Ottey led the team on 18 points with four assists. Tarkus Ferguson put up 16 points with six rebounds and three assists for the Flames in that one, and Godwin Boahen added 14 points with five assists and four boards.

Over on the Green Bay side, they’re 9-10 this season. The Phoenix have dropped their last three games in a row, falling to Detroit, Oakland and IUPUI during that span of games.

In the loss to the Jags, Green Bay’s Sandy Cohen put up 22 points with eight rebounds and three assists to lead the squad. JayQuan McCloud also had a nice line on 18 points with two assists and two rebounds for the Phoenix.

The Flames are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 versus the Horizon League and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record. UCI is 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and the under is 6-1 in their last seven overall.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix are 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four following an ATS loss. Green Bay is 0-5 ATS in their last five overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five versus the Horizon League.

UIC had a good couple of appearances there, but hit the proverbial wall against Milwaukee (who isn’t an especially good team themselves), and it wasn’t really a close game at all.

The thing about Green Bay is that they’re a pretty darn good team scoring-wise, but anything they win lately has to be a high-paced shootout, which is a dangerous way to play.

I’m going with the Flames to bounce back here; the over might be an appealing play as well, so long as UIC doesn’t game-plan to keep things slow.

Pick:
UIC Flames +2.5

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