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#833/834 ‘UNDER 157’ Illinois-Chicago at Oakland 8:00 PM CT

Oakland had won five games in a row but after Friday’s huge road win over Northern Kentucky the Grizzlies got caught with an upset loss at Wright State on Sunday. That was a quick turnaround and technically a fourth straight road game however. Back at home this might appear to be a strong bounce-back spot but Oakland has lost at home twice in Horizon play for just a 2-2 record at the ACO in conference games. The two wins came against Youngstown State and Cleveland State by modest 13-point margins despite those teams being a combined 12-36 on the season.

Illinois-Chicago continues to surge as since starting the season 5-10 the Flames are now above .500 at 12-11 and winners of seven of the last nine in Horizon play. The lone loss in that run came by 10 points hosting Oakland. This is a second straight road game but the 18-point road win in Milwaukee was back on Monday. In the first meeting the rebounding was even in a UIC had an edge in turnovers but an ugly shooting game with only five makes from 3-point range. The Flames rate as one of the top defensive teams in the Horizon only slightly behind Wright State and Northern Kentucky, teams that have handed Oakland three conference losses this season.

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Both teams have played difficult conference schedules so far with tough road games out of the way and UIC has won the last four road games they have faced. While Oakland has 14 wins only two wins stand out as wins over teams that rate significantly stronger than UIC and the profile for the Flames continues to grow. This looks like a lot of points to give the superior defensive team and in games where Oakland’s up-tempo offense has been stalled the Grizzlies have been vulnerable. UIC led the first meeting with about nine minutes to go despite the 10-point final margin as another tight finish looks likely.

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UIC is a tempting underdog but given the lack of quality wins finishing off the game will be a question mark as it was in the first meeting between these teams. Expect a great attempt to slow this game down for the Flames with Oakland at its best playing up tempo and the ‘under’ offers promise Friday night in Horizon action.

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