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College basketball point spread favors Phoenix in battle with Flames

Wisc-Green Bay PhoenixIllinois-Chicago Flames
14-3January 19, 2014, 02:00 | UIC Pavilion5-13

The Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Flames in Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Flames bring a 5-13 record (8-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 14-3 Phoenix, who are 9-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Illinois-Chicago go 8-7 so far and the Phoenix go 7-6.

View Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Flames installed as 11-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Flames - Phoenix odds would favor the Phoenix if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois-Chicago is rated No. 175 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Wisc-Green Bay is at No. 58.

Wisc-Green Bay won its last outing, a 79-69 result against Wright State on January 17. They covered in that game as a 1-point favorite. Alec Brown scored 24 points leading the Phoenix to a 79-69 victory over Wright State at Nutter Center on Friday.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 67-63 result against Wisc-Milwaukee on January 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog. The Flames endured a 67-63 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Marc Brown at UIC Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois-Chicago's No. 203 nationally ranked offense (68.94 points per game) against a Phoenix defense that sits as the No. 50 at 65.41 PPG. The Flames have been averaging 43.5% from the field, less than the Phoenix have managed so far this season (48.64% on average).

A few Phoenix at Flames trends to consider:
Wisc-Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wisc-Green Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wisc-Green Bay is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Wisc-Green Bay is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Illinois-Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Wisc-Green Bay

Next up:
Wisc-Green Bay home to Oakland, Wednesday, January 22nd
Illinois-Chicago at Cleveland State, Wednesday, January 22nd