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Eastern Michigan Eagles visit Illinois-Chicago Flames in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Eastern Michigan EaglesIllinois-Chicago Flames
Dec 15, 2:00 PM | UIC Pavilion

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds

6-2TEAM RECORD8-1

The Illinois-Chicago Flames host Eastern Michigan on Saturday, looking to build on their 8-1 mark against the 6-2 Eagles in college hoops action at UIC Pavilion.

This season, the Flames are 8-1 overall and 7-1 ATS ATS, while the Eagles are 6-2 and 3-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Illinois-Chicago boasts a 0-4 on the OU, and Eastern Michigan is 1-1.

View Eastern Michigan vs Illinois-Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Flames installed as 9.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Flames rated this week at No. 40 and the Eagles sitting at No. 163. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 69-60 result in favor of the Flames.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois-Chicago's No. 250-ranked offense, averaging 63.9 PPG, against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 16 at 55.5 PPG. The Flames field goal percentage has averaged 38.8% so far, less than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.4% per game.

Defensively, Eastern Michigan features the nation's No. 216-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.5 points per game. Illinois-Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 277 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Eastern Michigan, they were a 47-44 winner as they battled Purdue at home. They covered in the match as a 10.5-point underdog. The Eagles grabbed a 47-44 win over the Boilermakers on Saturday, behind an 8-point effort from Derek Thompson at EMU Convocation Center.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was a 64-55 winner at home against Colorado State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Flames grabbed a 64-55 win over the Rams on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Gary Talton at UIC Pavilion.

Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-7
Before playing Michigan are 5-2
After playing Purdue are 1-1
After a win are 5-5

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Western Illinois are 1-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Eagles at Flames trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, Thursday, December 20
Illinois-Chicago at Western Illinois, Tuesday, December 18