Betting on today’s Flames and Beacons game? Catch the action at Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, IN, as the Beacons hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Flames come into this Missouri Valley conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 135 points.
UIC FLAMES VS VALPARAISO BEACONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Valparaiso Beacons +3
This game will be played at Athletics-Recreation Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE VALPARAISO BEACONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Beacons.
- Not only will Valparaiso pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will UIC Make it Happen on the Road?
After losing three straight games, UIC heads to Valparaiso as a three-point favorite. UIC is 8-10 overall this season, including a 1-6 record in Missouri Valley Conference games. On the road, UIC is 3-5 this season, and they have lost their last three games away from home.
So far this season, UIC has been favored in eight games, going 4-4 in those contests. In their most recent game, UIC lost to Murray State by a score of 73-58.
On the season, UIC has an ATS record of 8-9, but they are just 3-5 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Flames have gone just 4-5-1.
Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in UIC’s games this season (139.1). Currently, the over/under record for the Flames this season is 5-12. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points.
The UIC offense is coming off a game in which they scored 58 points vs. Murray State. Overall their field goal percentage was 41.1% while connecting on 8 threes. The top scorer for the Flames was Isaiah Rivera with 16 points, while Christian Jones also added 12 to the scoreboard.
At present, the Flames’ defense is nationally ranked 46th, allowing 65.7 points per game. The UIC defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Murray State to connect on 8 threes.
Will Valparaiso Come Through as Home Underdogs?
Valparaiso enters this game as a 3-point underdog, and they have gone 1-11 in games where they were the underdog this season. They are just 3-6 at home this season, and they have lost five straight games at home. In their last game, they lost to Evansville by a score of 78-75.
On the season, the Beacons have gone 5-13, and they are 1-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. They have gone 4-7 in non-conference games, and they are 1-7 on the road this season.
As the underdog this season, Valparaiso has a solid ATS record of 7-4-1. At home, their ATS mark is just 4-5, but they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three games as the underdog.
This season, the over/under record for Valparaiso games is 6-11. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line of 135. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points.
The Valparaiso offense is coming off a game where they scored 75 points against Evansville. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.4% and connected on 11 threes. In terms of offense, the Beacons have a season-long field goal percentage of 40%, putting them 365th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 321st in percentage and 247th in three-pointers made.
The Beacons’ defense is presently ranked 151st nationally, allowing an average of 71.4 points per contest. Against Evansville in their most recent game, the Valparaiso defense gave up a total of 78 points while allowing Evansville to hit 50% of their shots.