IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons at Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Crusaders are 5-2 overall and 3-2 ATS ATS, while the Mastodons are 5-4 and 2-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Valparaiso boasts a 0-3 on the OU, and IUPU Fort Wayne is 0-1.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Valparaiso sat as 14.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 218-rated Crusaders and the No. 114-ranked Mastodons, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-71 result in favor of the Crusaders.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 166-rated offensive output, at 69 PPG. The visiting Mastodons defense ranks No. 64 allowing on average 59.7 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Mastodons marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, IUPU Fort Wayne owns the country's No. 60-rated mark, allowing 61.8 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 148 in scoring at home.
IUPU Fort Wayne was a 57-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Mastodons grabbed a 57-56 win over the RedHawks on Saturday, behind a 10-point effort from Joe Edwards at Memorial Coliseum.
Valparaiso was a 62-49 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Saint Louis. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso suffered a 62-49 loss against Saint Louis on Sunday, getting 10 points from Kevin Van Wijk in a losing effort at Chaifetz Arena.
Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing Saint Louis are 1-0
After a loss are 8-2
A few Mastodons at Crusaders trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against IUPU Fort Wayne
Valparaiso is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing IUPU Fort Wayne
Valparaiso is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
IUPU Fort Wayne at Drake, Saturday, December 8
Valparaiso at New Mexico, Saturday, December 8