NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois-Chicago vs. Northwestern
Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats will try to cover the spread at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Illinois-Chicago Flames in NCAA basketball action.
The Wildcats sport records of 6-1 and 3-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Flames have 5-1 and 5-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-0 for the Wildcats and 0-2 for the Flames.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Wildcats as 14-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 143 (Wildcats) and the No. 68 (Flames) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-70 result in favor of the Wildcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northwestern's No. 143 nationally ranked offense (70.4 points per game) against a Flames defense that sits as the No. 16 at 54.3 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 43.5% from the field, more than the Flames have managed so far this season (39% on average).
Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 45-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.2 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 211 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 58-46 winner as they battled Northern Illinois on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. Hayden Humes scored 18 points leading the Flames to a 58-46 victory over Northern Illinois at NIU Convocation Center on Tuesday.
Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 77-57 loser as they battled Maryland at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. The Wildcats were hammered by Maryland on Tuesday, losing by a 77-57 final at Welsh-Ryan Arena in college basketball betting action.
Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Roosevelt are 0-2
After playing Northern Illinois are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Baylor are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4
A few Flames at Wildcats trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northwestern is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Northwestern is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago home to Roosevelt, Wednesday, December 5
Northwestern at Baylor, Tuesday, December 4