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NCAA hoops odds preview - Loyola of Chicago vs. Illinois-Chicago

Loyola of Chicago RamblersIllinois-Chicago Flames
Jan 16, 8:00 PM | UIC Pavilion

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds

10-6TEAM RECORD10-7

The Illinois-Chicago Flames will hit the floor running against the visiting Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Ramblers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 8-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Flames are 10-6 ATS. Loyola of Chicago is 6-5 on the totals; Illinois-Chicago is 4-7-1.

View Loyola of Chicago vs Illinois-Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Flames were listed as 2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 83-rated Flames and the No. 184-ranked Ramblers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 66-64 result in favor of the Flames.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois-Chicago's No. 258-rated squad against Loyola of Chicago's No. 226-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois-Chicago rates No. 82 in the country with 7.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 135 nationally with 6.4 per match.

Defensively, Loyola of Chicago features the nation's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 58.4 points per game. Illinois-Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 263 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 62-61 loser at home against Wright State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Loyola of Chicago got 15 points from Ben Averkamp but lost anyway, 62-61, to Wright State on Friday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Illinois-Chicago was a 53-47 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Flames endured a 53-47 loss at the hands of the Phoenix on Saturday, despite a 11-point effort from Gary Talton at Resch Center.

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago State are 4-3
After playing Wright State are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few Ramblers at Flames trends to consider:
Loyola of Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
Loyola of Chicago is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
Illinois-Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Illinois-Chicago is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Loyola of Chicago
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Loyola of Chicago

Next up:
Loyola of Chicago at Chicago State, Sunday, January 20
Illinois-Chicago at Detroit, Saturday, January 19