Illinois-Chicago Flames face Toledo Rockets: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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Dec 29, 2:00 PM | Savage Arena

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Toledo Rockets Odds

9-3TEAM RECORD3-6

The Toledo Rockets host Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, looking to build on their 3-6 mark against the 9-3 Flames in college hoops action at Savage Arena.

Toledo will face the 9-3 Flames, who own a 8-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Rockets are 2-2-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Flames are 3-4 favoring the OVER.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Toledo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Toledo sat as 1.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rockets rated this week at No. 232 and the Flames sitting at No. 52. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 74-63 result in favor of the Flames.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Toledo's No. 136-ranked scoring average of 69.8 PPG, against a Flames defense rated No. 16 and allowing 55.7 PPG. The Rockets FG% has averaged 43.7% to date this season, more than the Flames shooters have managed so far (39.9% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois-Chicago owns the country's No. 37-rated mark, allowing 60.7 points per game on the highway. Toledo, on the other hand, rates No. 41 in scoring at home.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, an 82-70 result against Miami (Ohio) on December 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite. Illinois-Chicago suffered an 82-70 loss against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, getting 15 points from Gary Talton in a losing effort at Millett Hall.

Last time out for Toledo, they were a 67-59 winner as they battled Eastern Illinois on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. Toledo got 22 points from Rian Pearson en route to a 67-59 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday at Lantz Arena.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Youngstown State are 2-8
After playing Miami (Ohio) are 1-0
After a loss are 3-7

Toledo Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago State are 1-0
After playing Eastern Illinois are 0-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Flames at Rockets trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Toledo is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toledo's last 6 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Toledo is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Toledo is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Youngstown State, Wednesday, January 2
Toledo home to Chicago State, Monday, December 31

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