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Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the Youngstown State Penguins try to run the Illinois-Chicago Flames off the court at Beeghly Center in college hoops action.
The Penguins sport records of 14-10 and 7-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Flames have 14-10 and 14-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-7-1 for the Penguins and 8-10-1 for the Flames.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Flames were listed as 6.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Penguins at No. 83 and the Flames at No. 121 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 69-65 result in favor of the Penguins.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Flames is ranked No. 259 in NCAA hoops at 32.7 per game. Contrast that with Youngstown State’s No. 99 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Youngstown State is the No. 142-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Illinois-Chicago rates No. 142 at 6.4 per game.
Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 78-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. Youngstown State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 89 nationally in scoring at home.
Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, an 86-61 result against Valparaiso on February 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point underdog. Illinois-Chicago was run off the court by the Crusaders on Tuesday as Valparaiso routed them 86-61 at Athletics-Recreation Center.
In their last action, Youngstown State was a 60-59 winner at home against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Penguins grabbed a 60-59 win over the Ramblers on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Kendrick Perry at Beeghly Center.
Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Loyola of Chicago are 3-7
After playing Valparaiso are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 2-8
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 2-8
After a win are 6-4
A few Flames at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois-Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Illinois-Chicago is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Youngstown State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Youngstown State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Youngstown State's last 7 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
Youngstown State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago at Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, February 16
Youngstown State home to Wisc-Milwaukee, Friday, February 15