Looking to win big? The Cardinals and Flames face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Flames are hosting the game at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 147.5 points, and the Flames are favored to win at home vs. the Cardinals.


The Pick: Incarnate Word Cardinals +14.5

This game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena at 2:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Flames.
  • Even though we have UIC winning straight-up, we like Incarnate Word at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Cardinals Stand a Chance on the Road?

Incarnate Word will be playing their 11th game of the season today and currently have a 3-7 overall record. When playing on the road, the Cardinals have a 1-6 record, while they are 1-0 at home. Entering today's game, Incarnate Word holds a 3-4-1 record against the spread. Over their last five games, the team is 2-3 ATS.

In 10 games, Incarnate Word comes in with an over/under mark of 5-3-0, with their games averaging 153.9 points per game. In the Cardinals' last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 152 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.

Against Rice, the Incarnate Word had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 75.7 points per game. They scored 57 points and posted a field goal percentage of 33.9% in the game. The team's top scorer is Sky Wicks, who comes into today's matchup with an average of 18.6, while Josiah Hammons also maintains a PPG average of 13.5 leading up to the game.

Currently, the Cardinals' defense holds the 263rd rank in the nation, allowing 79.1 points per game. So far, the Incarnate Word defense is giving up an average of 9.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 15.2 times per game (664th).

Can the UIC Offense Score Enough at Home?

Following their most recent game, in which they defeated Jacksonville State 55-49, UIC currently holds a 7-4 record. All of the Flames' games this season have been played on the road. UIC has a winning ATS record, sitting at 7-1. In their last ten games this season, UIC is 3-2 vs. the spread.

So far, UIC's games have averaged 131.6 points per game with the average over/under line being 140.6 points. In the Flames' last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 128 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.

Compared to their season average of 73.4 points per game, UIC struggled in their previous game. Against Jacksonville State, the Flames scored 55 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 40.8%. Isaiah Rivera led the scoring for the Flames, contributing 14 points. Additionally, Christian Jones chipped in with 11 points.

So far, the Flames' defense is ranked 42nd in the country at 63.9 points per contest. The UIC defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 49 points and allowed Jacksonville State to connect on 1 threes.