Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Redbirds versus the Flames? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL. The over/under for this game is set at 134.5 points, and the Flames are the home favorites against the Redbirds in a Missouri Valley conference matchup.

ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS VS UIC FLAMES BETTING PICK

The Pick: UIC Flames -5.5

This game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, November 30th.

WHY BET THE UIC FLAMES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Flames.
  • Not only will UIC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Illinois State Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Illinois State comes into today’s game with a 3-3 overall record. In their last ten road games, including those from last year, Illinois State has gone 0-10. Illinois State has a current spread record of 1-4 heading into today’s game. Over their last five games, they have also gone 1-4 vs. the spread.

In six games, Illinois State comes in with an over/under mark of 2-3-0, with their games averaging 132.6 points per game. The Redbirds have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 126 points per game.

The Illinois State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 49 points versus Wright State. During the game, they attempted 22 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 27.8%. Leading the team in scoring is Malachi Poindexter, who is averaging 10.7 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Dalton Banks also maintains a PPG average of 10.5 heading into game.

At present, the Redbirds’ defense is nationally ranked 67th, allowing 66.2 points per game. In today’s game vs. UIC, the Illinois State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Illinois State made 15 free-throws vs. the Redbirds.

Will the UIC Defense Show Up at Home?

As they prepare for their 8th game of the season, UIC holds a 5-2 record. In their four games on the road, the Flames have gone 2-2, while they have a perfect 2-0 record at home. Against the spread, UIC remains undefeated at 6-0 this season. In their last five games, the team has a perfect 4-0 record when it comes to covering the spread.

UIC’s games have, on average, featured 136 points per game leading to an over/under record of 2-4-0. Their average over/under line is currently 143.1 points so far. When assessing the Flames’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-1, with their games averaging 138 points per game.

The UIC offense is coming off a game where they scored 57 points against UNCG. They posted a field goal percentage of 39.2% and connected on 8 threes. The top scorer for the Flames was Isaiah Rivera with 14 points, while Filip Skobalj also chipped in with 9 points.

UIC’s defense has been playing well, ranking 21st nationally, with 61.7 points allowed per game. UIC’s three-point defense is currently 15th in the country at 4.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 31.6% of their shots vs. UIC.