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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Flames underdogs vs Grizzlies at Oakland

Illinois-Chicago FlamesOakland Grizzlies
5-15January 25, 2014, 02:00 | Athletics Center7-14

The Oakland Grizzlies host Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, looking to build on their 7-14 mark against the 5-15 Flames in college hoops action at Athletics Center.

This season, the Grizzlies are 7-14 overall and 7-11 ATS, while the Flames are 5-15 and 9-9 ATS. As for the totals, Oakland boasts a 7-11 on the OU, and Illinois-Chicago is 9-8.

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

Bettors looking to side with Oakland in this one found them as -11-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 139-ranked Grizzlies and the No. 212-rated Flames in this matchup.

Last time out for Illinois-Chicago, they were a 74-64 loser as they battled Cleveland State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog. The Flames got 17 points from Jake Wiegand, but it was Cleveland State that prevailed in a 74-64 final on Wednesday at UIC Pavilion.

In their last action, Oakland was an 83-69 loser on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. Oakland suffered an 83-69 loss against Wisc-Green Bay on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Corey Petros in a losing effort at Resch Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 115-ranked offense, averaging 73.38 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 196 at 73.25 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 42.3% so far, less than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.39% per game.

A few Flames at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Oakland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Oakland is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games
Oakland is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago at Detroit, Wednesday, January 29th
Oakland at Youngstown State, Friday, January 31st