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Flames open as college hoops underdog vs Highlanders

Illinois-Chicago FlamesUC Riverside Highlanders
5-6December 20, 2013, 10:00 | Student Center3-6

The UC Riverside Highlanders hope to be lousy hosts on Friday as the Illinois-Chicago Flames pay a visit to Student Center on the college basketball betting menu.

UC Riverside battles the Flames, currently sitting with a 5-6 mark (5-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-4 for the Highlanders and 6-2 for the Flames.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UC Riverside sat as -1-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 277-rated Highlanders and the No. 228-ranked Flames, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was an 88-61 winner at home against Purdue Calumet. Illinois-Chicago cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Purdue Calumet out of the gym and running up an 88-61 score at UIC Pavilion.

Last time out for UC Riverside, they were a 63-60 loser as they battled Northern Colorado on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. UC Riverside got 17 points from Chris Patton but lost anyway, 63-60, to Northern Colorado on Monday at Butler-Hancock Hall.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UC Riverside's No. 233-ranked scoring average of 66 PPG, against a Flames defense rated No. 210 and allowing 75.45 PPG. The Highlanders FG% has averaged 43.43% to date this season, less than the Flames shooters have managed so far (44.32% per game).

A few Flames at Highlanders trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
UC Riverside is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games
UC Riverside is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Colorado State, Monday, December 23rd
UC Riverside at Northern Illinois, Sunday, December 22nd