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Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Preview

Illinois-Chicago FlamesCleveland State Vikings
5-19February 13, 2014, 07:30 | Wolstein Center17-9

The visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Wolstein Center against the Cleveland State Vikings.

The Vikings sit at 17-9 (18-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Flames are currently 5-19 (12-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Cleveland State is 10-12 OU, and Illinois-Chicago is 12-9 OU.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Vikings installed as -15-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Vikings at No. 46 and the Flames at No. 259 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was an 81-70 loser on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 15.5-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Harks scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Flames to a win (they lost 81-70 to Wisc-Green Bay at Resch Center on Wednesday).

Last time out for Cleveland State, they were a 72-68 winner as they battled Wright State on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Charlie Lee scored 25 points for Cleveland State on Saturday, leading the Vikings to a 72-68 win over Wright State at Nutter Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Flames is ranked No. 193 in NCAA hoops at 33.83 per game. Contrast that with Cleveland State’s No. 194 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Cleveland State is the No. 54-ranked team in the country at 7.46 per game, while Illinois-Chicago rates No. 176 at 5.54 per game.

A few Flames at Vikings trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 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 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Cleveland State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland State's last 6 games
Cleveland State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Youngstown State, Saturday, February 15th
Cleveland State at Wisc-Green Bay, Saturday, February 15th