Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Racers 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 138.5 points, and the Flames are the home favorites against the Racers in a Missouri Valley conference matchup.

MURRAY STATE RACERS VS UIC FLAMES BETTING PICK

The Pick: UIC Flames -1

This game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE UIC FLAMES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Flames.
  • Not only will UIC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Racers Grab a Win in Chicago?

Thus far, Murray State has been better on the road than at home this season. The Racers have gone 2-5 on the road, compared to a 4-5 record at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.6, and they have won two straight games away from home.

Overall, Murray State has gone 7-10, including a 4-2 mark in Missouri Valley Conference games. They have been the underdog in eight games this season, going 3-5 in those matchups. In their most recent game, the Racers lost to Northern Iowa by a score of 70-60.

Against the spread, Murray State has gone 7-9 this season. On the road, their ATS mark sits at 4-3. As the underdog, the Racers have an ATS record of 5-3. Over their last three games as the underdog, Murray State has gone 2-1 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Murray State’s games this year (143.2). Currently, the over/under record in their games this season is 8-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total has been 132 points.

In contrast to their season average of 72.5 points per game, the Murray State had a below average performance. They scored 60 points against Northern Iowa and had a field goal percentage of 40.7%. In terms of offense, the Racers have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 242nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 253rd in percentage and 217th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Racers’ defense is positioned 119th in the country, permitting 70.2 points per game. In today’s game, the Murray State defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 70 points.

Will the Flames Win at Credit Union 1 Arena?

UIC comes into this game as the favorite, and they have gone 4-3 when favored this season. They are 4-4 at home this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last ten games at home.

So far this season, the Flames have gone 8-9, and they have lost two games in a row. In their last game, they lost to Bradley by a score of 77-59.

When looking at UIC’s ATS record this season, they are currently 8-8. At home, their ATS mark is just 3-5 and over their last three games at home, they have failed to cover the spread. As the favorite, the Flames have gone 3-4 vs. the spread this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-4-1.

UIC’s over/under record for the season sits at 5-11 and the average scoring total in their games is currently 134.2 points. So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line of 138.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-3.

In their recent matchup, the UIC offense ended with 59 points against Bradley. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.8% and made 8 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Isaiah Rivera, who holds an average of 14.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Toby Okani is averaging 11.5 points per game this season.

At present, the Flames’ defense is nationally ranked 43rd, allowing 65.3 points per game. UIC’s three-point defense is currently 26th in the country at 5.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.0% of their shots vs. UIC.