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Illinois-Chicago vs. Northern Kentucky - 2/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Kentucky at Illinois-Chicago
Date & Time Sunday February 3, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
UIC Pavilion
Chicago, Illinois,
The Line
The Line: Illinois-Chicago +4.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Northern Kentucky Norse and UIC Flames meet Sunday in college basketball action at the UIC Pavilion.

The Northern Kentucky Norse look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 77.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42 percent shooting. Drew McDonald is averaging 19 points and 9.9 rebounds while Tyler Sharpe is averaging 14.3 points and 1.5 assists. Jalen Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Dantez Walton is dishing 2.7 assists. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Northern Kentucky Norse have split their last eight road games.

The UIC Flames look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The UIC Flames are averaging 74.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Marcus Ottey is averaging 16.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while Tarkus Ferguson is averaging 15 points and 5.3 assists. Godwin Boahen is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Blount is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The UIC Flames are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The UIC Flames are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The UIC Flames have won four of their last five home games.

The Norse are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Flames are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Norse are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Norse last 4 road games. The under is 9-2 in Flames last 11 overall.

The Northern Kentucky Norse are playing much better basketball at the moment, but they're just 3-7 ATS on the road this season and 8-13 ATS overall. The UIC Flames are 7-4 ATS this season at home and are winning games by an average of 5.9 points. UIC is also the slightly better defensive team in this contest and could do a good job of controlling the pace in this contest. I'm leaning toward the Flames and the free points in this contest based on the trends and how effective UIC has been at home this season.

Pick:
Illinois-Chicago +4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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