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Youngstown State vs. Illinois-Chicago - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois-Chicago at Youngstown State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Beeghly Center
Youngstown, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Youngstown State +1 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The UIC Flames and Youngstown State Penguins meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Beeghly Center.

The UIC Flames look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The UIC Flames are averaging 75.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Marcus Ottey is averaging 15.6 points and 3.2 rebounds while Tarkus Ferguson is averaging 15 points and 5.4 assists. Godwin Boahen is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Blount is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The UIC Flames are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The UIC Flames are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The UIC Flames have split their last six road games.

The Youngstown State Penguins look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Youngstown State Penguins are averaging 75.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Darius Quisenberry is averaging 12.8 points and 3.7 assists while Garrett Covington is averaging 11 points and 4.1 rebounds. Devin Morgan is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and Jelani Simmons is dishing one assist. The Youngstown State Penguins are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Youngstown State Penguins are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The Youngstown State Penguins have split their last six home games.

The Flames are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Penguins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Flames are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Youngstown St and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 overall. The under is 10-4 in Flames last 14 overall.

The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between UIC and Youngstown State. While the UIC Flames have been the better team over the course of the season, they're losing by an average of 8.2 points on the road. The Youngstown State Penguins are enjoying some of their best ball of the season during their five-game winning streak and have bumped their shooting percentage to 44.7 percent. UIC is also just 3-9 ATS this season on the road. In a toss-up contest, I'll give the hot Youngstown State Penguins the edge at home.

Pick:
Youngstown State +1

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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