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IUPUI JaguarsValparaiso Crusaders
Dec 20, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

IUPUI Jaguars vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

4-9TEAM RECORD7-4

Athletics-Recreation Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Valparaiso Crusaders and the visiting IUPUI Jaguars in college hoops action on Thursday.

The Crusaders currently sports a 7-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-5 ATS. The Jaguars are 4-9 and 1-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Crusaders produce a 1-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Jaguars have gone 3-3 against the number.

View IUPUI vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Crusaders installed as 19-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crusaders rated this week at No. 207 and the Jaguars sitting at No. 326. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 74-59 result in favor of the Crusaders.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Valparaiso's No. 255-rated squad against IUPUI's No. 294-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Valparaiso rates No. 87 in the country with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 93 nationally with 6.9 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, IUPUI owns the country's No. 325-rated mark, allowing 81.1 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 189 in scoring at home.

In their last action, IUPUI was a 75-61 loser at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Shanklin scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Jaguars to a win (they lost 75-61 to Indiana State at IUPUI Gymnasium on Saturday).

Valparaiso lost its last outing, a 70-68 result against Oakland on December 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Valparaiso suffered a 70-68 loss against Oakland on Monday, getting 14 points from LaVonte Dority in a losing effort at Athletics Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Oakland are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Jaguars at Crusaders trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Valparaiso is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Valparaiso is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing IUPUI
Valparaiso is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against IUPUI

Next up:
IUPUI at Ball State, Sunday, December 23
Valparaiso home to Purdue Calumet, Saturday, December 22

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