The Cleveland State Vikings (4-9), who are currently on a five-game skid, will attempt to get back in the win column when they head to Credit Union 1 Arena to go head-to-head with the UIC Flames (5-8). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Cleveland State Vikings vs. UIC Flames Odds Preview
In the Vikings’ last game, they lost big to the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 80-55. Cleveland State’s Algevon Eichelberger put together a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting. East Tennessee State’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over Cleveland State. The Buccaneers had a rate of 12.5 (better than their season average of 16.7), while the Vikings posted a mark of 24.4 (above the 19.6 mark opponents have averaged against East Tennessee State this season).
The Flames will look to keep it rolling after beating the UC Irvine Anteaters in their last game, 76-67. Tarkus Ferguson fueled UIC with 14 points and six rebounds. UIC played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.573 (above their season average of 0.481) and a free throw rate of 0.236 (above their season average of 0.205). For those same stats, UC Irvine was 0.458 and 0.220, respectively.
The aggressive Cleveland State offense could be living from the foul line in this showdown. The Vikings rank 74th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.261, while UIC ranks 226th in FTA rate allowed (0.231).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Flames won both meetings played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, UIC won 81-77. UIC did a great job of making free throws (13-18; 72.2 percent). Cleveland State, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (23.1 vs. 16.7).
Cleveland State Vikings vs. UIC Flames Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – UIC, ATS Winner – UIC, O/U – Over
Cleveland State averages 35.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 147th in the NCAA. UIC ranks 221st in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
The Flames have outscored opponents by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. On the season, UIC has lost by an average of 6.9 points.
During their last five games, the Vikings have scored an average of 60.4 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (4.0 above their season average).