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College Basketball Matchup - Illinois-Chicago Flames Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds Preview

Wisc-Milwaukee PanthersIllinois-Chicago Flames
12-6January 16, 2014, 08:00 | UIC Pavilion5-12

The visiting Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at UIC Pavilion against the Illinois-Chicago Flames.

Illinois-Chicago will face the 12-6 Panthers, who own a 10-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Flames are 8-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Panthers are 8-7 favoring the OVER.

View Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Wisc-Milwaukee before tip-off in this one found them as -2-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Flames at No. 175 and the Panthers at No. 223 heading into this contest.

Wisc-Milwaukee was a 93-86 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Aaron scored 26 points for Wisc-Milwaukee on Sunday, but the Phoenix managed a 93-86 victory over the Panthers at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 58-53 result against Wright State on January 12. They covered in that game as a 11.5-point underdog. The Flames endured a 58-53 loss at the hands of the Raiders on Sunday, despite a 19-point effort from Kelsey Barlow at Nutter Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois-Chicago's No. 202-ranked scoring average of 69.29 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 162 and allowing 71.17 PPG. The Flames FG% has averaged 43.64% to date this season, less than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (45.04% per game).

Next up:
Wisc-Milwaukee at Valparaiso, Saturday, January 18th
Illinois-Chicago at Wisc-Green Bay, Sunday, January 19th