Betting on today’s Bruins and Flames game? Catch the action at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL, as the Flames hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Missouri Valley matchup, Belmont is favored by -3.5 vs. UIC. The over/under for the game is 153.5 points.


The Pick: UIC Flames +3.5

This game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena at 2:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Flames.
  • Not only will UIC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Belmont Stun the Crowd at Credit Union 1 Arena?

Belmont is favored by 3.5 points in their game against UIC. They have a 15-11 record, including a 8-7 record in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bruins have won three straight games, and they are 10-1 when favored this season.

Belmont’s record on the road is 5-9, and they have gone 4-6 in their last ten games away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -6.2 points per game, compared to +5.1 at home. In their last game, the Bruins defeated Southern Illinois by a score of 82-68.

Belmont’s ATS record this year is 11-14, and they have gone 6-5 vs. the spread in their 11 games as the favorite. Their road ATS mark is 5-9 this season. However, over their last three games as the favorite, the Bruins are 3-0 ATS, and they have gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games as the favorite.

Belmont’s over/under record this season sits at 12-13 and today’s line of 153.5 is just below the average OU line in their games (154.2). Their average game this year has finished with 155.3 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

Coming off their recent game, the Belmont offense tallied 82 points in a matchup against Southern Illinois. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50%, and they made 7 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Malik Dia, who holds an average of 17.5 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Cade Tyson is averaging 16.6 points per game this season.

Facing UIC, Belmont aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 77.5 points allowed per game (298th). In their previous game vs. Southern Illinois, the Salukis finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 68 points vs. Belmont.

Can the Flames Secure a Win at Home?

UIC comes into this game as a 3.5-point underdog. They have gone 5-11 as the underdog this season. So far, they have gone 5-7 at home, and their scoring differential at home is +2.3.

UIC is 10-16 overall and 3-12 in Missouri Valley Conference play. In their last game, they lost to Bradley 85-73. Over their last ten games at home, they have gone 3-7.

As the underdog, UIC has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 9-7. Their overall ATS mark is 12-13. At home, the Flames are just 5-7 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, UIC is 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for UIC games is 9-16. On average, their games have finished with 137.7 points, which is 2 points lower than the average over/under line of 139.7. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is higher than the average scoring total of their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 136 points.

In their previous game, the Flames’ offense finished with 73 points, which is right in line with their current average of 69.3 points per contest. Isaiah Rivera was the leading scorer for the Flames, putting up 27 points. In addition, Christian Jones contributed 14 points.

The Flames’ defense is presently ranked 93rd nationally, allowing an average of 68.7 points per contest. The UIC defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 85 points and allowed Bradley to connect on 8 threes.