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Illinois-Chicago Flames Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Cleveland State Vikings

The Illinois-Chicago Flames will look to boost their win total and cover the point spread when they tip off against the Cleveland State Vikings at UIC Pavilion on Saturday in NCAA hoops betting.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Cleveland State Vikings in this one, their betting line was listed as -5-point favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois-Chicago Flames currently sport a 2-18 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-14 ATS. The Cleveland State Vikings are 7-15 and 9-12 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Illinois-Chicago Flames produce a 7-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cleveland State Vikings have gone 9-12 against the totals betting line.

This game puts the Illinois-Chicago Flames, most recently No. 327 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cleveland State Vikings, who rate No. 280 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Illinois-Chicago's No. 231-ranked offense, averaging 66.3 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 78 at 67.73 PPG. The Flames field goal percentage has averaged 38.84% so far, less than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.1% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland State was run off the court by the Crusaders on Thursday as Valparaiso routed them 77-52 at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Dikembe Dixson chucked in a team-high 32 points for Illinois-Chicago on Thursday, but they still came up short in losing 82-78 at UIC Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland State is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland State's last 9 games
  • Cleveland State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Cleveland State is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland State home to Detroit, Thursday, February 4th
Illinois-Chicago at Valparaiso, Saturday, February 6th