Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, looking to build on their 21-7 mark against the 22-6 Colonels in college hoops action at Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Crusaders are 21-7 so far on the season, and 16-9 ATS vs. the number. The Colonels, meanwhile, are 22-6 and 11-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Valparaiso go 13-10 and the Colonels go 9-8-1 on the totals.
Sportsbooks (including ) had the Crusaders installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 100 (Crusaders) and the No. 136 (Colonels) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 79-77 result in favor of the Colonels has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Colonels rank No. 345 in NCAA Division 1 with 27.6 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 241 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 55-ranked team at 7.5 per game, while the Colonels rate No. 12 with 8.7 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Eastern Kentucky owns the country's No. 102-rated mark, allowing 66.5 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 108 in scoring at home.
Eastern Kentucky was a 91-53 winner in its last match at home against Austin Peay. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Colonels and Governors didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Austin Peay was handed a 91-53 defeat on Wednesday at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.
Valparaiso won its last outing, an 85-76 result against Loyola of Chicago on February 19. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. Valparaiso got 16 points from Will Bogan en route to an 85-76 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tennessee Tech are 8-2
After playing Austin Peay are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Youngstown State are 3-7
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Colonels at Crusaders trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
Valparaiso is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
Valparaiso is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee Tech, Thursday, February 28
Valparaiso home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, February 26