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Flames face Eastern Illinois Panthers: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Illinois-Chicago FlamesEastern Illinois Panthers
Feb 18, 7:00 PM | Lantz Arena

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds

7-18TEAM RECORD12-14

Lantz Arena features an NCAAB clash between the host Eastern Illinois Panthers and the visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames in college hoops action on Saturday.

Eastern Illinois will face the 7-18 Flames, who own a 12-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 6-13 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Flames are 14-9 favoring the OVER.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Eastern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Illinois-Chicago before tip-off in this one will find them as 3.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Panthers rated this week at No. 291 and the Flames sitting at No. 262. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 64-60 result in favor of the Panthers.


How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 125 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.4 per game. That compares with Eastern Illinois’s No. 261 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Illinois is college basketball's No. 270-ranked team at 5.1 per game, while the Flames rate No. 140 with 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 260-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.7 points per game. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 302 nationally in scoring at home.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 74-65 result against Valparaiso on February 14. They covered in that game as a 11.5-point underdog. Gary Talton scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Flames to a win (they lost 74-65 to Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday).

Eastern Illinois was a 73-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against SIU Edwardsville. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Eastern Illinois earned a 73-66 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Wednesday, getting 24 points from Jeremy Granger at Lantz Arena.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Butler are 4-6
After playing Valparaiso are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Morehead State are 2-8
After playing SIU Edwardsville are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

A few Flames at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Illinois-Chicago's last 17 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Eastern Illinois's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Eastern Illinois's last 8 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Butler, Tuesday, February 21
Eastern Illinois at Morehead State, Thursday, February 23