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Point spread favors Panthers in battle with Crusaders

Valparaiso CrusadersWisc-Milwaukee Panthers
Jan 28, 2:00 PM | U.S. Cellular Arena

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds

14-8TEAM RECORD14-8

U.S. Cellular Arena will host Panthers vs. Crusaders action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Panthers sit at 14-8 (7-9-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Crusaders are currently 14-8 (9-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wisc-Milwaukee is 8-10 OU, and Valparaiso is 8-11 OU.

View Valparaiso vs Wisc-Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Panthers as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 165-rated Valparaiso taking on the No. 81-rated Panthers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 70-69 win for the Crusaders on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wisc-Milwaukee's No. 87-rated squad against Valparaiso's No. 212-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wisc-Milwaukee rates No. 91 in the country with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 166 nationally with 6.3 per match.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.4 points per game. Wisc-Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 265 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 75-60 loser on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso got 17 points from Ben Boggs but lost anyway, 75-60, to Wisc-Green Bay on Thursday at Resch Center.

Wisc-Milwaukee won its last outing, a 53-42 result against Butler on January 26. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. James Haarsma scored 12 points leading the Panthers to a 53-42 victory over Butler at U.S. Cellular Arena on Thursday.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Youngstown State are 8-2
After playing Butler are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Crusaders at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee
Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wisc-Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Valparaiso
Wisc-Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Detroit, Thursday, February 2
Wisc-Milwaukee home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, January 31

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