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Flames open as college hoops underdog vs Penguins

Illinois-Chicago FlamesYoungstown State Penguins
5-20February 15, 2014, 07:05 | Beeghly Center13-13

The visiting Illinois-Chicago Flames hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Beeghly Center against the Youngstown State Penguins.

The Penguins are 13-13 so far on the season, and 9-11 ATS vs. the number. The Flames, meanwhile, are 5-20 and 12-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Youngstown State go 10-9 and the Flames go 12-10 on the totals.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Penguins installed as -9.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Penguins - Flames odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Youngstown State is rated No. 184 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois-Chicago is at No. 259.

In their last action, Youngstown State was a 71-40 loser at home against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Penguins were hammered by Wisc-Green Bay on Thursday, losing by a 71-40 final at Beeghly Center in college basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Flames is ranked No. 194 in NCAA hoops at 33.76 per game. Contrast that with Youngstown State’s No. 224 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Youngstown State is the No. 38-ranked team in the country at 7.77 per game, while Illinois-Chicago rates No. 178 at 5.52 per game.

A few Flames at Penguins trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Youngstown State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Youngstown State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Youngstown State's last 5 games
Youngstown State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Detroit, Tuesday, February 18th
Youngstown State at Wisc-Milwaukee, Thursday, February 20th