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NCAAB Game Preview - Flames underdogs vs Bulldogs at Illinois-Chicago

Butler BulldogsIllinois-Chicago Flames
Jan 19, 8:30 PM | UIC Pavilion

Butler Bulldogs vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds

10-9TEAM RECORD6-11

Illinois-Chicago will look to improve on its 6-11 record on Thursday when they host Butler in NCAAB odds action at UIC Pavilion.

This season, the Flames are 6-11 overall and 7-8 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 10-9 and 3-11-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Illinois-Chicago boasts a 9-6 on the OU, and Butler is 9-7.

View Butler vs Illinois-Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bulldogs are listed as 6.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Flames - Bulldogs odds would favor the Bulldogs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Illinois-Chicago is rated No. 228 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Butler is at No. 112. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 65-59 win for the Bulldogs.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois-Chicago's No. 68-rated squad against Butler's No. 157-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois-Chicago rates No. 152 in the country with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 180 nationally with 6.2 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Butler owns the country's No. 144-rated mark, allowing 69.7 points per game on the highway. Illinois-Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 310 in scoring at home.

Butler was a 71-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against Youngstown State. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Bulldogs got 20 points from Andrew Smith as Butler ran past Youngstown State 71-55 on Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Illinois-Chicago was a 58-51 winner in their most recent outing at home against Loyola of Chicago. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Illinois-Chicago earned a 58-51 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, getting 18 points from Daniel Barnes at UIC Pavilion.

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Loyola of Chicago are 9-1
After playing Youngstown State are 10-0
After a win are 4-6

Illinois-Chicago Flames Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Valparaiso are 6-4
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 0-10

A few Bulldogs at Flames trends to consider:
Butler is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Butler's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois-Chicago
Butler is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois-Chicago's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois-Chicago's last 10 games when playing Butler

Next up:
Butler at Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, January 21
Illinois-Chicago home to Valparaiso, Saturday, January 21

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