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Feb 21, 7:00 PM | Hinkle Fieldhouse

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Butler Bulldogs Odds

8-18TEAM RECORD17-12

Hinkle Fieldhouse features an NCAAB clash between the host Butler Bulldogs and the visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames in college hoops action on Tuesday.

Supporters of the Flames have watched them go 8-18 and 13-11 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 17-12 and 8-16-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 14-12, while the Flames have a 15-9 mark.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Butler Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Butler sat as 13.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs sit at No. 76 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Flames sit at No. 273 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bulldogs will win this game 65-58.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Butler's No. 272-ranked scoring average of 63.3 PPG, against a Flames defense rated No. 195 and allowing 67.4 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 40.5% to date this season, more than the Flames shooters have managed so far (40.1% per game).

Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 245-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.9 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 292 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 67-63 winner as they battled Eastern Illinois on the road. They covered in the match as a 3-point underdog. Illinois-Chicago earned a 67-63 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday, getting 20 points from Gary Talton at Lantz Arena.

Last time out for Butler, they were a 75-54 winner as they battled Indiana State at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Butler cruised to victory on Saturday, running Indiana State out of the gym and running up a 75-54 score at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Eastern Illinois are 1-1
After a win are 0-10

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Valparaiso are 9-1
After playing Indiana State are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Flames at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Butler
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Butler
Illinois-Chicago is 1-24 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois-Chicago
Butler is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Wisc-Milwaukee, Thursday, February 23
Butler at Valparaiso, Friday, February 24