Illinois-Chicago Flames vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (19-4) at Illinois-Chicago Flames (3-18)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UIC Pavilion)
The Line: Illinois-Chicago Flames +20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois-Chicago Flames shoot for the huge upset of the Valparaiso Crusaders.
The Valparaiso Crusaders have the best combination of scoring and defense which is why they are the team to beat in the Horizon. The Crusaders have won three in a row after throttling Youngstown State 97-68 as a 24 point home favorite. Valpo jumped to a 22 point lead after 20 minutes and never let up behind nearly 57% marksmanship while the Penguins were held to 33% which was a difference of 18 field goals. Alec Peters led an explosive Valpo attack with 18 points and seven boards with Jubril Adekoya dropping 16. Keith Carter tossed in 13 points while Vashil Fernandez added eleven points and 13 rebounds although eleven players scored overall.
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The Illinois-Chicago Flames haven’t had much to cheer about in recent years and this season appears to be no different 3-18.The Flames are looking to build on their first conference win in a 72-70, overtime victory versus Cleveland State as a 3.5 point home dog. The Vikings held a 45.6%-42% shooting edge but hurt themselves on a 4-18 mark on threes while UIC owned a 26-14 advantage at the stripe to squeeze out the win. Dikembe Dixon led the Flames with 24 points followed by a 17 point, 15 rebound effort from Najeal Young. Tai Odiase added eight points and six pulls while Lance Whitaker and Jake Wiegand scored seven points each.
Valparaiso are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and the under is 15-5 in their last 20 Saturday games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Illinois-Chicago are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games overall and are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and Valparaiso are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Huge chalk and I’m not surprised with Valpo covering or just winning by DD…