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Illinois-Chicago vs. Youngstown State - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State at Illinois-Chicago
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Credit Union 1 Arena
Chicago, IL
The Line
Illinois-Chicago Flames -9.5 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
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The Youngstown State Penguins and the UIC Flames meet in Horizon League conference college basketball action from the Credit Union 1 Arena on Thursday night.

The Youngstown State Penguins will look to pick up some steam after a 76-51 over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in their last outing. Garrett Covington led the Penguins with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 assists while Jelani Simmons and Darius Quisenberry each added 12 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Youngstown State in the win. Simmons added 4 assists while Quisenberry added 3 threes and team-highs of 8 rebounds and 6 assists with 3 steals. Quisenberry leads Youngstown State in scoring with 12.1 points per game while Devin Morgan leads the Penguins in assists with 3.1 assists per game and Olamide Pedersen leads Youngstown State in rebounding with 4.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 76.6 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.

The UIC Flames will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 66-64 loss to IUPUI in their last outing. Godwin Boahen led the Flames with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting from 3-point range with a pair of steals and 4 assists while Marcus Ottey and Tarkus Ferguson each had 15 points. Ottey shot 5 of 14 with a pair of threes while Ferguson his 3 threes and added team-highs of 7 rebounds and 7 assists with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for UIC in the losing effort. Rob Howard added 4 points with a pair of steals and a matching 4 blocks as well in the loss. Ottey leads the Flames in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Ferguson leads UIC with averages of 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, UIC is averaging 75.6 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 36.1% from 3-point range and 65.8% from the foul line this season.

Youngstown State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. UIC is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Youngstown State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

UIC has won the last two meetings by double-digits, including a 25-point win in the last meeting. However, I feel that these two teams aren’t as far apart as the line would suggest. The Penguins have also been playing well ATS both on the road and overall as of late, while the Flames have had issues against the number. Prior to the two games that UIC won, 6 of the last 7 games had been decided by 6 points or less, so I’ll take a shot with Youngstown State and the points here.

Youngstown State +9.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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