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Feb 5, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

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The Valparaiso Crusaders will hit the floor running against the visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames Tuesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Flames will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 14-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Crusaders are 12-8 ATS. Illinois-Chicago is 7-10-1 on the totals; Valparaiso is 8-10.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Crusaders as 12.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Crusaders at No. 89 and the Flames at No. 121 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-64 result in favor of the Crusaders.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 247 in NCAA Division 1 with 33 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 209 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 86-ranked team at 7.1 per game, while the Flames rate No. 126 with 6.6 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois-Chicago owns the country's No. 54-rated mark, allowing 63.2 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 130 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 77-66 loser as they battled Cleveland State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. Illinois-Chicago suffered a 77-66 loss against Cleveland State on Saturday, getting 16 points from Gary Talton in a losing effort at UIC Pavilion.

Valparaiso was a 71-40 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 18-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Crusaders and Panthers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Wisc-Milwaukee was handed a 71-40 defeat on Friday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 2-8
Before playing Youngstown State are 1-9
After playing Cleveland State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland State are 8-2
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Flames at Crusaders trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Valparaiso
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Valparaiso
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Valparaiso is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Valparaiso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Youngstown State, Sunday, February 10
Valparaiso at Cleveland State, Saturday, February 9

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