Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Oakland Golden Bears vs. UIC Flames
NCAAB: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:12 PM EST
The streaking UIC Flames play host to the Oakland Golden Bears in Saturday afternoon Horizon League action at the Credit Union 1 Arena. UIC (15-15 10-7 Horizon) can get over .500 on the season with a win over Oakland (12-18 7-10 Horizon), who they crushed 80-50 earlier this season on the road.
This is the last game of the regular season for both teams.
Longest Streak of Season EndsOakland had won a season-best four games in a row before their last game where they were on the road and lost to IUPU 71-68. They failed to cover as a 3.5-point home favorite and had covered the spread in their previous three games. The Golden Bears only rank 311th in the nation averaging 67.6 ppg but had averaged 79.5 ppg in their four-game win streak before putting up 68 points in the last game where they shot 44.1% from the floor and allowed IUPU to shoot 50%.
Oakland has to forget about the earlier blowout home loss to UIC where they shot 34.5% from the floor and allowed the Flames to shoot 60%.
Rashad Williams (19.5 ppg) is the leading scorer for Oakland and he has struggled with his shot in the last three games and in the last game he only had 11 points on 20% shooting. Xavier Hill-Mais (16.8 ppg 8.2 rpg) is the leading rebounder for the team and he has been hot as of late with four double-doubles in his last four games where he has averaged 22.8 ppg and 11.8 rpg. On the season the Golden Bears are only 3-11 on the road.
Legit in the Scoring DepartmentUIC only ranks 295th in the nation averaging 68.4 ppg but in their three-game win streak they have averaged 78 ppg. They are tied for third place in the Horizon League and on the season are 8-6 at home. In the Flames last game, they were at home and beat Detroit Mercy 84-67 where they outscored them by 14 points in the second half and shot 53.7% from the floor holding the Titans to an FG% of only 30.9%. They covered in the game as a 6.5-point favorite and have covered the spread in two of their last three games.
Tarkus Ferguson (14.2 ppg) leads UIC in scoring and he had a double-double in the win over Detroit with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Ottey (11.8 ppg) only had two points in the Detroit game and has failed to score in double figures in two of his last three games.
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the UIC Flames are:
- 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the Oakland Golden Bears are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
UIC is streaking with three wins in a row and wins in four of their last five games. They are averaging over 10 ppg more than their season average in their last three games and they scored 80 points in crushing Oakland in their house earlier this season. Oakland was hot winners of four in a row before a loss in their last game. The Flames’ offense will stay hot in this Horizon League finale for both teams and while Oakland will want some revenge after getting throttled at home against UIC earlier this season they will not get it in this game. UIC will give their home crowd a solid last game and the Flames will win and cover moving over .500 on the season.
Full-Game Total Pick
I am leaning towards the Over in this game with the main reason that the UIC offense has been getting it done as of late. They scored 80 points in their earlier season win over Oakland where the Golden Bears only scored 50 points. Oakland will not get crushed again in this game and they will keep it pretty close keeping up with the Flames’ offense. The total for UIC’s last game went Over and the total had gone Over for two in a row for the Golden Bears before going Under in the last game. However, in this game defense will be at a premium so take the Over.