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Illinois-Chicago FlamesNorthern Iowa Panthers
March 23, 8:00 PM | McLeod Center

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

18-15TEAM RECORD19-14

Illinois-Chicago travels to Northern Iowa on Saturday, hoping to boost its 18-15 record with a victory over the Panthers.

Northern Iowa will face the 18-15 Flames, who own a 19-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 16-13 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Flames are 15-12-1 favoring the OVER.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 119-rated Panthers and the No. 152-ranked Flames, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 68-64 result in favor of the Panthers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Iowa's No. 200-ranked offense, averaging 66.4 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 74 at 62.8 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 44.3% so far, more than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 40% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois-Chicago owns the country's No. 92-rated mark, allowing 66.2 points per game on the highway. Northern Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 182 in scoring at home.

Illinois-Chicago was an 80-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Chicago State. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Flames got a 22-point performance from Daniel Barnes, who added 10 rebounds, as Illinois-Chicago ran past Chicago State 80-69 on Wednesday at UIC Pavilion.

Last time out for Northern Iowa, they were a 77-66 winner as they battled North Dakota at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 16-point favorite. Anthony James scored 24 points leading the Panthers to a 77-66 victory over North Dakota at McLeod Center on Wednesday.

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Loyola, Sunday, March 24
Northern Iowa at UC Irvine, Sunday, March 24