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Illinois-Chicago Flames visit Loyola of Chicago Ramblers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Illinois-Chicago FlamesLoyola of Chicago Ramblers
3-5December 07, 2013, 04:00 | Joseph J. Gentile Center3-4

The Loyola of Chicago Ramblers host Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, looking to build on their 3-4 mark against the 3-5 Flames in college hoops action at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

The Ramblers bring a 3-4 record (0-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 3-5 Flames, who are 3-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Loyola of Chicago go 3-3 so far and the Flames go 5-1.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Loyola of Chicago Ramblers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Loyola of Chicago sat as -5.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Ramblers rated this week at No. 152 and the Flames sitting at No. 219.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 73-65 result against Southern Methodist on December 4. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. Kelsey Barlow was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 6 rebounds but Southern Methodist still won, 73-65, over Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday at UIC Pavilion.

In their last action, Loyola of Chicago was a 65-64 loser on the road against Mississippi State. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Milton Doyle scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Ramblers to a win (they lost 65-64 to Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Loyola of Chicago's No. 217 nationally ranked offense (68.5 points per game) against a Flames defense that sits as the No. 231 at 78.38 PPG. The Ramblers have been averaging 47.22% from the field, more than the Flames have managed so far this season (42.14% on average).

A few Flames at Ramblers trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Illinois-Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Loyola of Chicago is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
Loyola of Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Loyola of Chicago is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Loyola of Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Illinois-Chicago

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at SE Missouri State, Saturday, December 14th
Loyola of Chicago at Campbell, Friday, December 13th