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College Basketball Matchup - Valparaiso Crusaders Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds Preview

Illinois-Chicago FlamesValparaiso Crusaders
5-9January 02, 2014, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center8-7

The Valparaiso Crusaders will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Illinois-Chicago Flames at Athletics-Recreation Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Crusaders bring a 8-7 record (6-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-9 Flames, who are 7-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Valparaiso go 4-5-1 so far and the Flames go 7-4.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Valparaiso Crusaders as -10-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 104 (Crusaders) and the No. 202 (Flames) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was a 74-60 loser at home against Illinois. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. Rayvonte Rice went off for 28 points and added 7 rebounds, leading Illinois over Illinois-Chicago, 74-60, on Saturday at United Center.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 73-62 loser as they battled East Tennessee State on the road. The Crusaders endured a 73-62 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers on Sunday, despite a 14-point effort from LaVonte Dority at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 216 in NCAA Division 1 with 33.5 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 43 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 50-ranked team at 7.67 per game, while the Flames rate No. 134 with 6.07 per game.

A few Flames at Crusaders trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Valparaiso
Valparaiso is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Valparaiso is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, January 7th
Valparaiso at Oakland, Saturday, January 4th