Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Flames and Panthers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Panthers at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA. Get ready to place your bets! This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 138.5 points, and the Panthers are favored to win at home vs. the Flames.

UIC FLAMES VS NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UIC Flames +8

This game will be played at McLeod Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.

WHY BET THE UIC FLAMES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Even though we have Northern Iowa winning straight-up, we like UIC at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Flames Lock in a Win at Cedar Falls?

UIC is coming off a win over Valparaiso, and they have gone 4-6 on the road over their last ten games. For the season, their road record is 3-4, and their average scoring margin is -2.1 points per game.

Overall, the Flames are 8-7, and they are 1-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play. As the underdog, UIC has gone 3-4, and they are 7-4 in non-conference games.

As the underdog this season, UIC has an ATS record of 5-2 and their overall ATS mark is 8-6. On the road, the Flames are 5-2 vs. the spread, and their last 10 games as the underdog have resulted in a mark of 7-3.

So far this season, the over/under record for UIC games is 5-9 and today's line of 138.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points compared to their season average of 134.6. Right now, their last three games have gone 1-2 against the over/under line.

The UIC offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Valparaiso. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.5% while connecting on 6 threes. Isaiah Rivera was the leading scorer for the Flames, putting up 24 points. In addition, Filip Skobalj contributed 13 points.

UIC's defense has been playing well, ranking 35th nationally, with 64.4 points allowed per game. UIC's three-point defense is currently 21st in the country at 4.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.8% of their shots vs. UIC.

Will the Panthers Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

Through 15 games, Northern Iowa has a 7-8 record, including a 1-3 mark in Missouri Valley Conference games. At home this season, the Panthers are 3-3, and they are coming off a 77-66 loss to Indiana State.

So far, Northern Iowa has been favored in six games, going 4-2 in those matchups. On average, the Panthers have outscored their opponents by 1.5 points per game at home.

When looking at Northern Iowa's ATS record for the season, they are currently 7-7. At home, their ATS mark stands at 4-2. Over their last three home games, the Panthers have gone 2-1 vs. the spread. As the favorite, Northern Iowa has an ATS record of 4-2 this year and they have gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite.

The over/under record for Northern Iowa this season sits at 8-6 and today's line of 138.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (146.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points and their OU record during that span is 0-3. For the season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

In their most recent game, the Northern Iowa offense concluded with only 66 points against Indiana State. Throughout the game, they made 1/15 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 38.6%. For the season, the Northern Iowa offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 47%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8 made three's per contest.

Coming into today's game, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 73.2 points per contest. Against Indiana State in their most recent game, the Northern Iowa defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing Indiana State to hit 38% of their shots.