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Illinois-Chicago FlamesValparaiso Crusaders
Feb 14, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds


Valparaiso looks to cover the Crusaders-Flames pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 18-9 mark when they host Illinois-Chicago in college basketball action.

The Crusaders sport records of 18-9 and 12-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Flames have 7-17 and 11-11 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-15 for the Crusaders and 13-9 for the Flames.

View Illinois-Chicago vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Crusaders as 13.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 244-rated Illinois-Chicago taking on the No. 146-rated Crusaders in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 70-60 win for the Crusaders on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 118 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.7 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 223 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 130-ranked team at 6.6 per game, while the Flames rate No. 140 with 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Illinois-Chicago features the nation's No. 264-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.7 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 77 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 78-69 loser as they battled Loyola of Chicago on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Flames endured a 78-69 loss at the hands of the Ramblers on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Gary Talton at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 71-53 loser on the road against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Richie Edwards scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Crusaders to a win (they lost 71-53 to Youngstown State at Beeghly Center on Saturday).

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 1-1
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After playing Youngstown State are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Flames at Crusaders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Illinois-Chicago's last 16 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Valparaiso's last 8 games
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Eastern Illinois, Saturday, February 18
Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount, Friday, February 17