Milwaukee Panthers vs Illinois-Chicago Flames - NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day Jan 17th

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 7:18 PM UTC

While the UIC Flames and the Milwaukee Panthers may not be two of the top teams in college basketball, odds makers seemed to have miss the mark in this game as the Panthers reside at the bottom of the Horizon Conference and are a mere 4.5 point underdog in their encounter against UIC on the road. 

Milwaukee Panthers (5-13) vs UIC Flames (10-8) 

Granted, a majority of their games have been competitive, but the Panthers have lost 11 out of their last 13 games and there appears to be no end in sight for Milwaukee as they average a mere 64.7 points per game and just 31.3 rebounds while the Flames are bettor's best friend, covering the spread 10 out of 14 times. Illinois- Chicago has also won 2 consecutive game and 5 out of their last 7.

Minding the Boards

Protecting the boards will be a huge factor in this game as UIC averages 41 rebounds per game, led by forward Tai Odiase. Odiase can hit the timely bucket (11.2 points per game), but this is a player that think's defense primarily and will be a major menace to MIlwaukee as this is a game that favors his strengths as a basketball player.

Another member of the Flames that could play a key role in this spot is freshman Marcus Ottey. Ottey hasn't received a ton of playing time, but he's proven to make the most of his time on the court.

For the season, Ottey is averaging 10.3 points on 52.4% shooting from 3-point range in 24.2 minutes per game. Ottey is coming off of a 14 point performance in a 92-89 overtime victory over Youngstown State in just 20 minutes of play. With 20 point scorer, Dikembe Dixson out, this is a Flames squad which relies heavily on team depth.

As much as UIC is hurting with the loss of Dixson, Milwaukee has so many deficiencies that UIC should still cover this game comfortably. Milwaukee is a team with just 1 block for the season.That say's it all!e UIC is the pick.


Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Flames -5 (-110) Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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