TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
#879 WRIGHT ST (-9′) over Illinois Chicago at 8 PM EST
In a zone right now on a blistering 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS run, Wright State will travel to Credit Union 1 Arena and destroy UIC. The Flames limp into this battle on an ugly 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS run and they’ll have trouble keeping pace with one of the Horizon League’s best. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
Revenge will certainly be on the Raiders minds in this matchup. Surprisingly, UIC owns a stunning 4-1 SU and ATS in the last five meetings and the Flames (+6) absolutely roasted WSU in the semifinal of the Horizon League Conference Tournament last season winning outright by the final of 73-56. Thankfully, when hitting the hardwood off two or more straight up wins and competing with revenge of any kind, WSU sports a dynamic 33-15 ATS mark provided it takes the floor off a pointspread victory as well. In this spot scooting if off a blowout win of eight points or more, the Raiders own a magnificent 23-8 SU and 23-7 ATS record.
This is a terrible wagering spot for UIC too. When priced as a hefty underdog of +8 or more, the Flames have been extinguished posting a woeful 5-56 SU and 23-37-1 ATS record in their last 61 tries. In this situation battling an opponent that takes the court with confidence off a straight up win, head coach Luke Yaklich and his troops fall to a miserable 2-42 SU and 14-29-1 ATS. With those two parameters in play and UIC carrying a team won/loss percentage of .250 or better, this team trend crashes to an ugly 1-29 SU and 7-23 ATS.
Ranked 10th in the nation in rebounding margin (+9.8), the Raiders will clean the glass on both sides of the court and pick up this huge revenge win and cover. Take Wright State. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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