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Memphis vs. Illinois-Chicago - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Memphis vs. Illinois-Chicago
Date & Time Friday November 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
FedEx Forum
Memphis, TN
The Line
Memphis Tigers -18.0 . Total 157.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The UIC Flames take on the 14th ranked Memphis Tigers as part of the Barclays Center Classic.  The UIC Flames are (1-0) on the season, after beating a non division 1 school in Olivet Nazarene, 75-72.  Memphis enters this game (1-0) on the season, after a convincing 97-64 win over South Carolina State at home. 

The Flames led by 13 points at the half before Olivet Nazarene outscored the Flames by 10 in the second half to make it a game.  UIC was led in scoring by Godwin Boahen , totaling 21 points.  The game was tied at 72 with under 3 seconds to go, until Boahen drained a 3 pointer to life the Flames to a win.  Both teams took care of the ball in the game, both had less then 10 turnovers in the game.  The Flames were 26 of 61 from the floor (42.6%).

Memphis dominated the game from start to finish to hand South Carolina State a loss to start the season.  Tigers freshman James Wiseman had a double-double in the game.  Wiseman had 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.  Precious Achiuwa added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the win.  The Tigers shot a blistering 54% from the floor, while making 19 of their 21 free throws.  The Tigers made it tough for the Bulldogs do get anything going inside the paint.  The Tigers swatted 10 Bulldog shots.  

Recent Betting Trends:

Flames are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Flames are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

The over is 7-1 in Flames last 8 road games.

Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

The under is 8-1 in Tigers last 9 overall.

Long story short is, the Flames almost lost to a non-division 1 team.  Where as the Tigers blew out a division 1 school in their first game.  Memphis is to talented and their size will be a factor in making it tough for the Flames to get anything going.  Memphis should win this with ease.  Final score prediction, Memphis will win and cover, 92-68.

Pick:
MEM -18.0
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