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Illinois-Chicago @ PFW

Current Records: Illinois-Chicago 9-13; PFW 14-10

What to Know

The Illinois-Chicago Flames are 1-3 against the PFW Mastodons since November of 2017, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Saturday. Illinois-Chicago and PFW will face off in a Horizon League battle at 7 p.m. ET at Hilliard Gates Center. Both teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.

The Flames escaped with a win on Thursday against the Cleveland State Vikings by the margin of a single free throw, 76-75.

Meanwhile, PFW strolled past the IUPUI Jaguars with points to spare on Thursday, taking the matchup 72-57.

Illinois-Chicago is expected to lose this next one by 5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 7-3 against the spread when expected to lose.

Illinois-Chicago is now 9-13 while the Mastodons sit at 14-10. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: The Flames have allowed their opponents to shoot 46.60% from the floor on average, which is the 14th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. PFW has experienced some struggles of their own as they have allowed their opponents to shoot 45.30% from the floor on average, which is the 51st highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. The good news? The teams might be seeing more of their shots fall.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Hilliard Gates Center -- Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Mastodons are a 5-point favorite against the Flames, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

PFW have won three out of their last four games against Illinois-Chicago.

  • Jan 09, 2021 - PFW 88 vs. Illinois-Chicago 55
  • Jan 08, 2021 - PFW 96 vs. Illinois-Chicago 89
  • Dec 07, 2019 - Illinois-Chicago 62 vs. PFW 49
  • Nov 18, 2017 - PFW 67 vs. Illinois-Chicago 51