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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Flames underdogs vs Raiders at Illinois-Chicago

Wright State RaidersIllinois-Chicago Flames
17-13March 01, 2014, 02:00 | UIC Pavilion6-23

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Illinois-Chicago Flames try to run the Wright State Raiders off the court at UIC Pavilion in college hoops action.

Illinois-Chicago will face the 17-13 Raiders, who own a 10-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Flames are 14-12 on the OU so far this season while the Raiders are 12-12.

View Wright State Raiders 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 at Odds Shark show No. 133-rated Wright State taking on the No. 273-rated Flames in this contest.

Wright State was a 67-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Valparaiso. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Wright State earned a 67-58 victory over Valparaiso on Tuesday, getting 20 points from AJ Pacher at Nutter Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois-Chicago has the nation's No. 208-rated offensive output, at 67.14 PPG. The visiting Raiders defense ranks No. 19 allowing on average 62.3 PPG. The Flames FG% has averaged 42.51% so far, less than the Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.95% per game.

A few Raiders at Flames trends to consider:
Wright State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Wright State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wright State's last 9 games
Wright State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 1-17 SU in its last 18 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 7 games at home