UIC lost their top four scorers from last season but they have some good returning talent that good make an impact versus basketball lines.
NCAA basketball lines odds show that UIC has veterans Josh Mayo, Robert Bush and Scott VanderMeer returning. NCAA basketball lines experts know that Mayo, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, is the Flames' top returning scorer after posting 12.2 points per game in his sophomore season. Bush, a 6-foot-4 senior wing, started the final nine games last season and averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds down the stretch according to experts that look at the NCAA basketball lines odds. VanderMeer is seven-foot, 260-pounds and a defensive force according to basketball lines experts. Senior Karl White Jr. also returns and could get playing time according to NCAA basketball lines experts. Sophomore guard Spencer Stewart should help in the backcourt.
Helping VanderMeer in the frontcourt will be senior Jermaine Dailey and redshirt sophomore Jovan Ignjatovic according to basketball lines experts. Dailey is 6-foot-7 and should get more playing time according to those that look at the NCAA basketball lines. Ignjatovic is a 6-foot-9 forward who showed potential last year. Newcomers according to NCAA basketball lines experts are freshman Robert Kreps, a 6-foot guard who was the runner-up behind Simeon's Derrick Rose for Mr. Basketball honors in Illinois last season. Freshman Tori Boyd is another Illinois high school honoree according to NCAA basketball lines experts. NCAA basketball lines experts know that the last of UIC's newcomers is 6-foot-7 forward Jeremy Buttell who transferred from Texas Tech.
Defense will be a key for UIC according to NCAA basketball lines experts. VanderMeer dominates the inside but improved defense is needed on the outside. Non-conference games against DePaul, Illinois State, and Akron are just a few of the games the Flames have to play before getting into Horizon League play according to NCAA basketball lines experts. UIC will also take on newcomer Valparaiso for the first time in 10 years according to basketball lines experts. It could be an interesting season for Illinois-Chicago and they could be a team that gives gamblers value during the college basketball season.