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Valparaiso Crusaders face Illinois-Chicago Flames: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Valparaiso CrusadersIllinois-Chicago Flames
13-10February 01, 2014, 04:00 | UIC Pavilion5-17

The Illinois-Chicago Flames will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Valparaiso Crusaders at UIC Pavilion in NCAA basketball action.

Illinois-Chicago will face the 13-10 Crusaders, who own a 11-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Flames are 11-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Crusaders are 6-11-1 favoring the OVER.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

Illinois-Chicago opened as 3-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Flames rated this week at No. 243 and the Crusaders sitting at No. 166.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 75-60 winner at home against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. LaVonte Dority scored 26 points for Valparaiso on Wednesday, leading the Crusaders to a 75-60 win over Wisc-Green Bay at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Illinois-Chicago was a 74-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Detroit. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Flames endured a 74-68 loss at the hands of the Titans on Wednesday, despite a 24-point effort from Marc Brown at Calihan Hall.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Crusaders is ranked No. 44 in NCAA hoops at 38.26 per game. Contrast that with Illinois-Chicago’s No. 198 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois-Chicago is the No. 172-ranked team in the country at 5.64 per game, while Valparaiso rates No. 68 at 7.22 per game.

A few Crusaders at Flames trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 6 games
Valparaiso is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois-Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Illinois-Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Detroit, Friday, February 7th
Illinois-Chicago at Wisc-Green Bay, Wednesday, February 5th