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College Insider Tournament - Valparaiso Crusaders vs Columbia Lions Betting Matchup Report

Columbia Lions Valparaiso Crusaders
19-12 March 18, 2014, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center 18-15

The Valparaiso Crusaders will be trying to slam the Columbia Lions on Tuesday when the teams tip off at Athletics-Recreation Center College Insider Tournament betting action.

Valpo was favored by four points early over at BetOnline where the total was 127.5 Monday.

The Crusaders sport a record of 18-15 and 13-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Lions have 19-12 and 12-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-19-1 for the Crusaders and 8-13 for the Lions.

View Columbia Lions vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 196-ranked Crusaders and the No. 57-rated Lions in this matchup.

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Columbia was a 74-64 loser in its last match at home against Princeton. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Maodo Lo scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Lions to a win (they lost 74-64 to Princeton at Levien Gym on Saturday).

Valparaiso lost its last outing, a 74-57 result against Wisc-Milwaukee on March 7. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. The Crusaders endured a 74-57 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Alec Peters at Resch Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Valparaiso's No. 109 nationally ranked offense (72.21 points per game) against a Lions defense that sits as the No. 31 at 63.45 PPG. The Crusaders have been averaging 47.03% from the field, more than the Lions have managed so far this season (44.55% on average).

A few Lions at Crusaders trends to consider:
Columbia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Columbia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Columbia is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbia's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Valparaiso is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Valparaiso's last 14 games
Valparaiso is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home