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Valparaiso vs. Illinois-Chicago - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois-Chicago Flames (5-12) at Valparaiso Crusaders (13-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Illinois-Chicago Flames face off on Thursday in Horizon League college basketball action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders are 14-3 this season and they are 101 in Horizon League play thus far. Valpo is averaging 71.6 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.5 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent.  Alec Peters leads the Crusaders averaging 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Tevonn Walker is averaging 10.5 points, Darien Walker is averaging 9.9 points, and Keith Carter is averaging 9.7 points. Valpo is 6-1 at home this season.

Valparaiso vs. Illinois-Chicago - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois-Chicago Flames are 5-12 this season and hey are 1-1 in Horizon League play this season. UIC is averaging 62.1 points and they are shooting 35.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 47.7 percent. Jay Harris leads the Flames averaging 14.2 points per game. Jake Wiegand is averaging 12.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, Marc Brown is averaging 8.9 points, and Paris Burns is averaging 8.6 points. UIC is 0-5 on the road this season.

Valparaiso is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games, 1-3-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-7 against the spread against the Horizon League. Illinois-Chicago is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 2-6 against the spread following a loss. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

This is a big number but for good reason as Valpo should cruise here. 

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Valparaiso Crusaders -15.5

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