The Flames and Aces are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Aces will host the game at Ford Center in Evansville, IN. The odds for this Missouri Valley conference game currently have Evansville as the -1.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 141.5 points.
UIC FLAMES VS EVANSVILLE ACES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Evansville Aces -1.5
This game will be played at Ford Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.
WHY BET THE EVANSVILLE ACES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Aces.
- Not only will Evansville pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Will the Flames Make it Happen on the Road?
UIC will be looking to snap their six-game losing streak when they take on Evansville. So far this season, the Flames have gone 8-13, including a 1-9 record in Missouri Valley Conference play. On the road, UIC has gone just 3-7, and they have lost their last five games away from home.
As for the point spread, UIC is listed as 1.5-point underdogs. This season, they have gone 3-8 as underdogs, compared to a 4-5 record as the favorite. In their last game, the Flames lost to Belmont by a score of 74-65.
When looking at UIC’s ATS record this season, they are currently 9-11. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Flames have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
The over/under record for UIC this season is 7-13, and the average over/under line in their games is 140.2. So far, 12 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line of 141.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points, and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 3-7.
The UIC offense is coming off a game where they scored 65 points against Belmont. They posted a field goal percentage of 42.9% and connected on 10 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Isaiah Rivera, who holds an average of 14.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Christian Jones is averaging 11 points per game this season.
At this time, the Flames’ defense is positioned 89th in the country, permitting 68.1 points per game. So far, the UIC defense is giving up an average of 7.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12 times per game (590th).
Will the Aces Live Up to Expectations at Home?
Evansville is 7-2 at home this season, compared to 4-7 on the road. They have won their last two games at home, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.
For the season, they have been the favorite in five games, going 4-1 in those contests.
As the favorite this season, Evansville has gone just 2-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Aces are 4-6 ATS. At home this year, Evansville is 5-4 vs. the spread and they have gone 1-2 ATS in their last three home games.
Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line for Evansville games this season (145.7). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 129 points.
Against Illinois State, the Evansville had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 73.4 points per game. They scored 58 points and posted a field goal percentage of 43.8% in the game. In terms of offense, the Aces have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 180th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 213rd in percentage and 248th in three-pointers made.
In terms of defense, Evansville is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 73.6 points per game. The Evansville defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 54 points and allowed Illinois State to connect on 3 threes.