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NCAA Basketball Odds: Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illinois Fighting Illini host Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-5 mark against the 1-5 Flames in college basketball betting action at United Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Illinois Fighting Illini betting line as -19.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini bring a 5-5 record (3-3-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-5 Flames, who are 1-5 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Illinois go 3-5 so far and the Illinois-Chicago Flames go 2-4.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 170-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 287-rated Illinois-Chicago Flames in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois has the nation's No. 126-rated offensive output, at 75.2 PPG. The visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames defense ranks No. 228 allowing on average 78.83 PPG. The Fighting Illini FG% has averaged 45.16% so far, more than the Illinois Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 37.34% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Illinois got 28 points from Kendrick Nunn en route to a 69-65 victory over Yale on Wednesday at State Farm Center.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games on the road
  • Illinois is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
  • Illinois is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois-Chicago home to Illinois State, Wednesday, December 16th
Illinois at South Dakota, Saturday, December 19th

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