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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois-Chicago vs. Detroit

Illinois-Chicago FlamesDetroit Titans
5-16January 29, 2014, 07:00 | Calihan Hall9-13

The Detroit Titans will try to cover the spread at Calihan Hall on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Illinois-Chicago Flames in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Titans are 9-13 overall and 9-10 ATS, while the Flames are 5-16 and 10-9 ATS. As for the totals, Detroit boasts a 4-15 on the OU, and Illinois-Chicago is 10-8.

View Illinois-Chicago Flames vs Detroit Titans Odds and Stats.

The Titans were listed as -8-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 173-rated Titans and the No. 243-ranked Flames, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was a 76-75 loser on the road against Oakland. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Harks scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Flames to a win (they lost 76-75 to Oakland at Athletics Center on Saturday).

Detroit was a 62-52 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Evan Bruinsma scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Titans to a win (they lost 62-52 to Wisc-Green Bay at Resch Center on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Flames rank No. 200 in NCAA Division 1 with 33.71 per game. That compares with Detroit’s No. 59 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Detroit is college basketball's No. 137-ranked team at 5.95 per game, while the Flames rate No. 166 with 5.71 per game.

A few Flames at Titans trends to consider:
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games
Detroit is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Illinois-Chicago home to Valparaiso, Saturday, February 1st
Detroit at Cleveland State, Friday, January 31st