DePaul takes the court for their first game in eight days Wednesday night when they "hit the road" and head four miles from campus to take on the UIC Flames.
The Blue Demons come into the game at 2-3, while UIC comes in at 1-3.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game time: 7 p.m. CT
TV: Comcast Sports Net Chicago Plus
Radio: BlueTube (DePaul)
Live Stream: The live stream for this game is brought to you by the Horizon League.
Line: DePaul opened as five-point favorites, but have jumped to six-point favorites most places, per OddsShark.
ATS Records: DePaul comes in at 1-4 against the spread, while UIC is 0-3.
DePaul and UIC have played five times, and the Blue Demons hold a 4-1 series lead. Most recently, the teams faced off last season, and DePaul won 72-71 thanks to a Billy Garrett three in the closing seconds.
3 things to watch
1. Tommy Hamilton's dominance
In DePaul's second Paradise Jam game against Florida State, Hamilton was on the bench, but didn't play. When asked about it, Dave Leitao noted it was a "coach's decision".
Hamilton returned for DePaul's game against Norfolk State, and if Leitao was trying to send a message, it worked. Hamilton had a season-high 20 points on 8-8 shooting, to go along with five rebounds. If Hamilton can get going like that on a regular basis, DePaul will fare well.
2. UIC is one of the worst offensive teams in the country
That's not an exaggeration, either. The Flames come into this game ranked 349th (of 351 teams) in the nation in effective FG% and 2P%. That means UIC shoots 34.5% on two-pointers. National average is 48.4%. That's awful.
While DePaul's defense hasn't exactly been anything special this year, opposing teams are only shooting 46% on two-pointers against them. If trends continue, DePaul should be able to stifle UIC quite easily.
3. DePaul should be well-rested
As mentioned above, they haven't played a game since last Monday. They've had ample time to prepare for this game. Also, as mentioned above, DePaul only has to travel four miles from Lincoln Park to the UIC Pavilion for this game. Typically, DePaul has to travel 15 miles for their home games at the Rosemont Horizon.