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Youngstown State Penguins visit Illinois-Chicago Flames in college basketball clash

Youngstown State PenguinsIllinois-Chicago Flames
9-8January 07, 2014, 08:00 | UIC Pavilion5-10

UIC Pavilion features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Illinois-Chicago Flames and the visiting Youngstown State Penguins in college hoops action on Tuesday.

Illinois-Chicago battles the Penguins, currently sitting with a 9-8 mark (6-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-4 for the Flames and 6-4 for the Penguins.

View Youngstown State Penguins vs Illinois-Chicago Flames Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois-Chicago sat as -1-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 172-rated Flames and the No. 163-ranked Penguins, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Youngstown State was an 85-69 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Youngstown State suffered an 85-69 loss against Wisc-Green Bay on Saturday, getting 18 points from Bobby Hain in a losing effort at Resch Center.

In their last action, Illinois-Chicago was an 87-72 loser on the road against Valparaiso. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. Illinois-Chicago suffered an 87-72 loss against Valparaiso on Thursday, getting 19 points from Marc Brown in a losing effort at Athletics-Recreation Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois-Chicago's No. 181 nationally ranked offense (70.87 points per game) against a Penguins defense that sits as the No. 207 at 74.18 PPG. The Flames have been averaging 44.37% from the field, less than the Penguins have managed so far this season (45.71% on average).

Next up:
Youngstown State home to Cleveland State, Monday, January 13th
Illinois-Chicago at Wright State, Sunday, January 12th