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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Flames College Hoops Game Preview

Illinois Fighting IlliniIllinois-Chicago Flames
10-2December 28, 2013, 02:00 | United Center5-8

United Center will host Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Illinois Fighting Illini action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

This season, the Flames are 5-8 overall and 7-4 ATS, while the Fighting Illini are 10-2 and 6-4-1 ATS. As for the totals, Illinois-Chicago boasts a 6-4 on the OU, and Illinois is 3-6-1.

View Illinois Fighting Illini vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois-Chicago sat as 14.5-point underdogs 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 Flames rated this week at No. 206 and the Fighting Illini sitting at No. 23.

Illinois was a 65-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Missouri. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points for Missouri on Saturday, but the Fighting Illini managed a 65-64 victory over the Tigers at Scottrade Center.

Illinois-Chicago lost its last outing, a 74-61 result against Colorado State on December 23. They covered in that game as a 14-point underdog. The Flames endured a 74-61 loss at the hands of the Rams on Monday, despite a 20-point effort from Kelsey Barlow at Moby Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois-Chicago's No. 178-ranked scoring average of 71.62 PPG, against a Fighting Illini defense rated No. 14 and allowing 60.67 PPG. The Flames FG% has averaged 43.76% to date this season, less than the Fighting Illini shooters have managed so far (44.41% per game).

A few Fighting Illini at Flames trends to consider:
Illinois is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Illinois is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Illinois is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Illinois-Chicago
Illinois-Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Illinois
Illinois-Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Indiana, Tuesday, December 31st
Illinois-Chicago at Valparaiso, Thursday, January 2nd