Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Panthers and Flames. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Flames at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL. Get ready to place your bets! Northern Iowa come into this Missouri Valley conference matchup as the -3 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 138.5 points.

NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS VS UIC FLAMES BETTING PICK

The Pick: UIC Flames +3

This game will be played at Credit Union 1 Arena at 4:00 ET on Sunday, February 11th.

WHY BET THE UIC FLAMES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Flames.
  • Not only will UIC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Taking a Look at the Panthers Chances on the Road

After defeating Missouri State 72-65, Northern Iowa's record now stands at 13-11, including a 7-6 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. So far this season, the Panthers have been the favorite in 12 of their 24 games, going 9-3 in those contests.

On the road, Northern Iowa has gone 5-7, including a 5-5 record in their last 10 games away from home. For the season, the Panthers have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points per game on the road.

As the favorite this season, Northern Iowa has gone 7-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Panthers have an ATS mark of 7-3. On the road, their ATS record is 5-7 this year and 5-5 over their last 10 road games.

Today's over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Northern Iowa's games this year (144.1). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, which is lower than their season average of 143.7 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Iowa offense tallied 72 points in a matchup against Missouri State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 40.7%, and they made 9 threes. On the offensive front, the Panthers have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, ranking 163rd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 164th in terms of percentage and 184th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today's game, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 71.1 points per contest. So far, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 6.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.8 times per game (401st).

Will the Flames Win at Credit Union 1 Arena?

UIC is coming off a 61-56 win over Illinois State and has a record of 9-15 this season. They have gone 2-11 in Missouri Valley Conference games compared to 7-4 in non-conference matchups.

So far, the Flames are 4-10 as an underdog and have gone 4-7 at home this season. They have lost their last four games at home and are 3-7 in their last 10.

As the underdog, UIC has gone 7-7 vs. the spread this season. At home, their ATS record is 4-7 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are just 3-7. In their last 3 home games, the Flames are 1-2 vs. the spread and their home ATS record this year is 1-4 over their last 5 games.

Today's over/under line of 138.5 is slightly below the average over/under line in UIC's games this season (139.6). So far this year, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points compared to their season average of 136.9 points per game. This year, their over/under record is 8-15.

The UIC offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 61 points versus Illinois State. During the game, they attempted 15 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 42.6%. Christian Jones led the team in scoring, putting up 13 points. Additionally, Isaiah Rivera contributed 11 points for the Flames.

Currently, the Flames' defense holds the 84th rank in the nation, allowing 68.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UIC's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.7% this season.