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UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames 12/20/2019 Game Analysis, Picks and Previews

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UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames 12-20-2019 Game Analysis Picks and Previews

UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames 12/20/2019 –ย It has been a tough season for the UC Irvine Anteaters and they are coming off a loss against the UTEP Miners. They now own a 7-6 record and just floating above 50% on their wins. On the other side, the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames play host to the Anteaters but they have lost five of their last seven games to stand at a 4-8 record. This basketball game will happen this Friday, December 20 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time in the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN3 holds the TV rights with Sofascore featuring the match via live stream. National Championship Basketball Odds said that the Anteaters are predicted to take this game on the road.ย 

UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames 12/20/2019

When: Friday, December 20, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Credit Union 1 Arena, Chicago, Illinois
TV: ESPN3
Stream: Sofascore
UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames 12/20/2019

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
UC Irvine -4.5 (-110) 137 o (-110) -196
UIC +4.5 (-110) 137 u (-110) +174
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UC Irvine Anteaters

UC Irvine Anteaters are relying heavily on their top three players. Colin Welp leads the team with points and rebounds with 14.1 and 6.3 respectively. Eyassu Worku is the floor general with 11.4 points, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per night. He is also shooting 47.7% beyond the three-point arc. Evan Leonard has missed five games but he is expected to suit up against UIC and he adds some scoring with 9.8 points. The big surprise for this team is Tommy Rutherford who provides accurate shooting and gives the team 10.2 points per game. He is only playing 18 minutes per game. Having those four players in the roster against UIC Flames is a great advantage for the Anteaters and it would be interesting how Rutherford could earn more minutes in the team.

Players to watch:
C. Welp F (13 GP 24.1 MIN 14.1 PTS 6.3 REB 1.7 AST 0.6 STL 0.5 BLK 1.9 TO 50.7 FG% 80 FT% 42.5 3P%), E. Worku G (13 GP 26.9 MIN 11.4 PTS 2.8 REB 4.2 AST 1.1 STL 0.2 BLK 1.7 TO 42.2 FG% 70.4 FT% 47.7 3P%), T. Rutherford F (13 GP 18 MIN 10.2 PTS 3.5 REB 0.8 AST 0.5 STL 0.2 BLK 1.3 TO 74.3 FG% 71.1 FT% 100 3P%).

UIC Flames

It has not been a good shooting start for UIC Flamesโ€™ Tarkus Ferguson who is doing 34% from the field. However, he is still the teamโ€™s best scoring option doing 14.7 points along with 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals. Two other players are doing double-digit scoring for them and one is Marcus Ottey who just played two games this season. Another is Godwin Boahen who does 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds. 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per night. Michael Diggins also adds more firepower with 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. This is a game the Flames are glad to host and having Ottey makes the odds closer for them to pull a victory over the Anteaters.

Players to watch:

T. Ferguson G (8 GP 36.8 MIN 13.8 PTS 4.5 REB 5 AST 2.1 STL 0.9 BLK 4.9 TO 31.6 FG% 75.8 FT% 20.3 3P%), G. Boahen G (11 GP 32.5 MIN 11.4 PTS 5.2 REB 3.4 AST 0.9 STL 0.2 BLK 3.4 TO 33.1 FG% 91.3 FT% 29.4 3P%), M. Diggins F (11 GP 31.6 MIN 10.6 PTS 4.6 REB 1.8 AST 0.9 STL 1.2 BLK 1.8 TO 47.9 FG% 56.5 FT% 30 3P%).

UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames Betting Predictions

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UC Irvine Anteaters

The total has gone OVER in 5 of UC Irvine’s last 6 games.
Anteaters are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
UC Irvine is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Irvine’s last 5 games this season.
Anteaters are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the

UIC Flames

Flames are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UIC’s last 6 games.
Flames are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of UIC’s last 15 games at home.
UIC is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games this season.

UC Irvine Anteaters vs UIC Flames Betting Picks

The Anteaters are predicted to take this match from the UIC Flames according to Online Sportsbook. An upset by the Flames will now depend on how Ottey and Ferguson could co-exist after just playing two games together. Still, the advantages are with the Anteaters who are seeking a comeback after their recent loss.

Moneyline: The Anteaters are the favorites to win this match and they are given the ML of -196. The Flames are at +174 if they manage to win.

Spread: The UIC Flames are the underdogs in this match and is given a +4.5 across the spread while the Anteaters are at -4.5

Total: Both teams are expected to go 137 points after this game with the UIC Flames expected to go over.ย 

Score Prediction: 70-65, Anteaters win.