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Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Cleveland State Vikings Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Cleveland State VikingsIllinois-Chicago Flames
Feb 2, 8:00 PM | UIC Pavilion

Cleveland State Vikings vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds


UIC Pavilion will host Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Cleveland State Vikings action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

This season, the Flames are 11-11 overall and 0-0 ATS ATS, while the Vikings are 10-12 and 6-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Illinois-Chicago boasts a 0-0 on the OU, and Cleveland State is 5-8-1.

View Cleveland State vs Illinois-Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Flames in this one found them listed as 8.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Vikings was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 97 (Flames) and the No. 309 (Vikings) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 65-58 result in favor of the Flames has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois-Chicago's No. 308-ranked scoring average of 61 PPG, against a Vikings defense rated No. 235 and allowing 69.2 PPG. The Flames FG% has averaged 39% to date this season, less than the Vikings shooters have managed so far (42.2% per game).

Defensively, Cleveland State features the nation's No. 291-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.2 points per game. Illinois-Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 284 nationally in scoring at home.

Cleveland State was a 73-59 loser in its last match on the road against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. Cleveland State suffered a 73-59 loss against Youngstown State on Saturday, getting 19 points from Bryn Forbes in a losing effort at Beeghly Center.

Illinois-Chicago won its last outing, a 60-57 result against Wisc-Green Bay on January 31. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. Illinois-Chicago got 18 points from Hayden Humes en route to a 60-57 victory over Wisc-Green Bay on Thursday at UIC Pavilion.

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Youngstown State are 5-5
After playing Youngstown State are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Valparaiso are 3-7
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Next up:
Cleveland State home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, February 5
Illinois-Chicago at Valparaiso, Tuesday, February 5