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NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends - Illinois-Chicago Flames Underdogs vs Valparaiso Crusaders

Valparaiso Crusaders

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Illinois-Chicago Flames
Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:00 PM ET
UIC Pavilion

The Illinois-Chicago Flames will hit the floor running against the away Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost betting bankrolls by covering the point spread in the process.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to back the Valparaiso Crusaders before tip-off in this one found them as -10.5-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois-Chicago Flames are 5-17 so far on the season, and 7-12 ATS vs the number. The Valparaiso Crusaders, meanwhile, are 18-4 and 12-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois-Chicago go 6-6 and the Valparaiso Crusaders go 6-5 on betting totals.

This game puts the Illinois-Chicago Flames, most recently No. 233 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Valparaiso Crusaders, who rate No. 31 in the latest survey.

How Valparaiso Crusaders vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois-Chicago's No. 202-ranked scoring average of 63.91 PPG, against a Valparaiso Crusaders defense rated No. 25 and allowing 59 PPG. The Illinois-Chicago Flames FG% has averaged 37.13% to date this season, less than the Valparaiso Crusaders shooters have managed so far (46.22% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Crusaders blew out Wisc-Milwaukee on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 73-48 win at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Illinois-Chicago got 20 points from Ahman Fells but lost anyway, 71-65, to Wisc-Milwaukee on Thursday at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Betting Odds Trends

Valparaiso is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Valparaiso is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games at home
Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Valparaiso

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso home to Detroit, Wednesday, February 4th
Illinois-Chicago at Oakland, Wednesday, February 4th

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