UIC Flames vs Southern Illinois Salukis Prediction, 2/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UIC Flames vs Southern Illinois Salukis
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Banterra Center in Carbondale, IL
The Southern Illinois Salukis (18-7) will play the UIC Flames (10-15) at Banterra Center on Wednesday.
The UIC Flames faced Evansville and took home the win by a score of 70-61 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Flames left the arena with 19 and Evansville accumulated 17 fouls. They also made 4 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Evansville went 65.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of their 20 tries. Moreover, Evansville snagged 37 boards (10 offensive, 27 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Evansville earned 9 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Pertaining to defense, UIC allowed their opponent to shoot 33.3% from the field on 22 of 66 shooting. They also doled out 17 assists for the contest while creating 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing rebounding, they earned 39 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Flames converted 10 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 62.5%. UIC finished the game with a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 of 62) and converted 6 of 26 three-point shots.
Steven Clay is someone who was a contributor for the contest. He finished 58.3% from the floor and recorded 1 assist. He saw the court for 27 mins played and also collected 5 rebounds. He scored 17 points on 7 out of 12 shooting.
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UIC comes into this matchup with a mark of 10-15 for the year. They are averaging 67.0 points per outing (300th in the nation) while hitting 41.7% from the floor. The Flames are shooting 32.4% on three-point shots (199 of 615) and 65.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, UIC is collecting 32.2 boards per game and has earned 318 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 168th in college basketball in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.3 times per game and as a group are committing 18.4 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Flames are able to force 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. They rank 270th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 334 conceded for the season. The Flames defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.7% (626 of 1,434) and they concede 38.8 boards per game as a unit. They surrender 31.5% from 3-point land and they rank 204th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.2).
In their last game, the Southern Illinois Salukis walked away with a victory by a final of 73-53 against Missouri State. The Salukis recorded 16 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 26 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 7 times, while earning 12 steals for this game. Missouri State committed 15 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Salukis to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 12 of them for a clip of 92.3%. In regard to 3-pointers, Southern Illinois buried 9 out of 32 attempts (28.1%). When all was said and done, the Salukis shot 26 out of 57 from the floor which had them shooting 45.6%. The Salukis allowed Missouri State to knock down 20 of 42 tries from the floor which had them at 47.6% in the game. They finished the game shooting 45.5% from 3-point land by shooting 5 out of 11 and ended up shooting 8 out of 16 from the free throw line (50.0%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Southern Illinois permitted Missouri State to collect 23 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Lance Jones was important for the Salukis in this game. He earned 18 points in his 28 mins on the hardwood and tallied 3 assists for the game. He converted 5 out of 15 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 33.3%, and had 2 rebounds.
Southern Illinois has a mark of 18-7 for the year. The Salukis are committing 16.6 personal fouls every game and they connect on 73.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.9 times per contest (127th in the country) and they cough up possession 12.8 times per contest. Southern Illinois has totaled 1,667 points for the year (66.7 per contest) and they pull in 31.2 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Salukis are shooting 45.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 124th in Division 1.
The Salukis defensively are ranked 11th in D-1 in points given up per game with 60.9. They are forcing 13.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (88th in D-1). The Southern Illinois defense concedes 33.4% on 3-point attempts (154 of 461) and opponents are converting on 64.6% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 10.6 assists and 32.0 rebounds every game, which is ranked 36th and 69th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UIC
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