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Valparaiso Crusaders Battle vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Highlights College Basketball Odds Menu

Valparaiso looks to cover the Crusaders-Flames pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 10-3 mark when they host Illinois-Chicago in college basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Illinois-Chicago Flames opened as 26.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Valparaiso Crusaders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 10-3 and 5-6 ATS Valparaiso Crusaders will face the 2-9 Illinois-Chicago Flames, who own a 3-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Valparaiso Crusaders are 4-7 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Illinois-Chicago Flames are 3-7.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Valparaiso Crusaders rated this week at No. 32 and the Illinois-Chicago Flames sitting at No. 317.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Valparaiso's No. 170-ranked offense, averaging 72.15 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 209 at 76 PPG. The Crusaders field goal percentage has averaged 43.24% so far, more than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.39% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Dikembe Dixson scored 28 points for Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, but the Huskies managed a 70-65 victory over the Flames at UIC Pavilion.

The Crusaders endured a 85-81 loss at the hands of the Bruins on Monday, despite a 19-point effort from Shane Hammink at Curb Event Center.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Illinois-Chicago's last 9 games on the road
  • Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Valparaiso is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
  • Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois-Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois-Chicago at Detroit, Friday, January 8th
Valparaiso at Oakland, Friday, January 8th