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Illinois-Chicago FlamesValparaiso Crusaders
5-9January 02, 2014, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center8-7



The Valparaiso Crusaders will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Illinois-Chicago Flames at Athletics-Recreation Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Crusaders bring a 8-7 record (6-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-9 Flames, who are 7-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Valparaiso go 4-5-1 so far and the Flames go 7-4.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Valparaiso Crusaders as -10-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 104 (Crusaders) and the No. 202 (Flames) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

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In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was a 74-60 loser at home against Illinois. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. Rayvonte Rice went off for 28 points and added 7 rebounds, leading Illinois over Illinois-Chicago, 74-60, on Saturday at United Center.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 73-62 loser as they battled East Tennessee State on the road. The Crusaders endured a 73-62 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers on Sunday, despite a 14-point effort from LaVonte Dority at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 216 in NCAA Division 1 with 33.5 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 43 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 50-ranked team at 7.67 per game, while the Flames rate No. 134 with 6.07 per game.

A few Flames at Crusaders trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Valparaiso
Valparaiso is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Valparaiso is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago


Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, January 7th
Valparaiso at Oakland, Saturday, January 4th

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