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Oakland GrizzliesIllinois-Chicago Flames
10-18February 21, 2014, 08:00 | UIC Pavilion5-22

Illinois-Chicago looks to cover the Flames-Grizzlies pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 5-22 mark when they host Oakland in college basketball wagering action.

The Flames are 5-22 so far on the season, and 13-12 ATS vs. the number. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are 10-18 and 8-17 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois-Chicago go 12-12 and the Grizzlies go 13-12 on the totals.

View Oakland Grizzlies vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Flames installed as 1-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Flames rated this week at No. 269 and the Grizzlies sitting at No. 201.

Oakland was a 72-71 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wright State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Duke Mondy scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Grizzlies to a win (they lost 72-71 to Wright State at Athletics Center on Sunday).

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 65-59 result against Detroit on February 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. Kelsey Barlow scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Flames to a win (they lost 65-59 to Detroit at UIC Pavilion on Tuesday).

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois-Chicago's No. 185-rated squad against Oakland's No. 236-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois-Chicago rates No. 174 in the country with 5.56 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 17 nationally with 8.36 per match.

Next up:
Oakland home to Wisc-Green Bay, Thursday, February 27th
Illinois-Chicago at Wisc-Milwaukee, Tuesday, February 25th