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Cleveland State Vikings vs Flames College Hoops Game Preview

Cleveland State VikingsIllinois-Chicago Flames
11-9January 22, 2014, 08:00 | UIC Pavilion5-13

UIC Pavilion features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Illinois-Chicago Flames and the visiting Cleveland State Vikings in college hoops action on Wednesday.

Illinois-Chicago battles the Vikings, currently sitting with a 11-9 mark (12-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-8 for the Flames and 5-11 for the Vikings.

View Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Illinois-Chicago Flames as 6.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Flames - Vikings odds would favor the Vikings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois-Chicago is rated No. 212 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland State is at No. 89.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 49-46 loser at home against Wright State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Cleveland State got 17 points from Jon Harris but lost anyway, 49-46, to Wright State on Sunday at Wolstein Center.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 69-64 loser as they battled Wisc-Green Bay at home. They covered in the match as a 10-point underdog. The Flames endured a 69-64 loss at the hands of the Phoenix on Sunday, despite a 13-point effort from Pat Birt at UIC Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois-Chicago's No. 200-ranked scoring average of 68.68 PPG, against a Vikings defense rated No. 84 and allowing 67.45 PPG. The Flames FG% has averaged 43.47% to date this season, less than the Vikings shooters have managed so far (47.32% per game).

A few Vikings at Flames trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland State's last 6 games
Cleveland State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Cleveland State is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland State home to Valparaiso, Saturday, January 25th
Illinois-Chicago at Oakland, Saturday, January 25th