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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois-Chicago vs. Youngstown State

Illinois-Chicago FlamesYoungstown State Penguins
Jan 7, 7:05 PM | Beeghly Center

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds

5-10TEAM RECORD8-6

Beeghly Center will host Penguins vs. Flames action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

Youngstown State battles the Flames, currently sitting with a 5-10 mark (6-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-2-1 for the Penguins and 9-4 for the Flames.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Youngstown State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Flames listed as 8.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Penguins - Flames odds would favor the Flames if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Youngstown State is rated No. 226 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois-Chicago is at No. 215. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 68-61 win for the Penguins.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Youngstown State's No. 197-ranked scoring average of 67.4 PPG, against a Flames defense rated No. 201 and allowing 68.1 PPG. The Penguins FG% has averaged 40.9% to date this season, more than the Flames shooters have managed so far (39.9% per game).

Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 251-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. Youngstown State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 296 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 73-56 loser as they battled Cleveland State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 16-point underdog. The Flames got 8 points from Hayden Humes, but it was Cleveland State that prevailed in a 73-56 final on Thursday at Wolstein Center.

Youngstown State was a 68-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as favorites. Youngstown State got 21 points from Ashen Ward en route to a 68-64 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Loyola of Chicago are 5-5
After playing Cleveland State are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Valparaiso are 3-7
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 1-9
After a win are 4-6

A few Flames at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Illinois-Chicago's last 12 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Youngstown State's last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Youngstown State's last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
Youngstown State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
Youngstown State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, January 14
Youngstown State at Valparaiso, Friday, January 13

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