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Valparaiso Crusaders visit Saint Louis Billikens in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Valparaiso CrusadersSaint Louis Billikens
Dec 2, 4:30 PM | Chaifetz Arena

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds

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The Saint Louis Billikens will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Chaifetz Arena on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.

Saint Louis will face the 5-1 Crusaders, who own a 3-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Billikens are 1-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Crusaders are 0-2 favoring the OVER.

View Valparaiso vs Saint Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Billikens - Crusaders odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Saint Louis is rated No. 177 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 169. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 79-67 win for the Crusaders.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Crusaders is ranked No. 212 in NCAA hoops at 34.2 per game. Contrast that with Saint Louis’s No. 315 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Louis is the No. 114-ranked team in the country at 6.8 per game, while Valparaiso rates No. 57 at 7.7 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Valparaiso owns the country's No. 121-rated mark, allowing 66.5 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 246 in scoring at home.

Valparaiso was a 77-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bethune-Cookman. Ryan Broekhoff went off for 30 points and added 7 rebounds for good measure, leading Valparaiso to a 77-64 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Saint Louis was a 66-61 loser in its last match on the road against Washington. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Saint Louis suffered a 66-61 loss against Washington on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Cody Ellis in a losing effort at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing IUPU Fort Wayne are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
After playing Washington are 1-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Crusaders at Billikens trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Saint Louis is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
Saint Louis is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Saint Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Valparaiso home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Wednesday, December 5
Saint Louis home to North Texas, Wednesday, December 5

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