Youngstown State Penguins host Valparaiso Crusaders in college basketball action
Valparaiso Crusaders vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Youngstown State vs Valparaiso battle Wednesday at Beeghly Center as the Penguins look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Crusaders will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 11-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Penguins are 6-8-1 ATS. Valparaiso is 7-9 on the totals; Youngstown State is 6-5-1.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Crusaders were listed as 4-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 96-ranked Penguins and the No. 101-rated Crusaders in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-72 win for the Crusaders on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Crusaders rank No. 200 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.4 per game. That compares with Youngstown State’s No. 76 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Youngstown State is college basketball's No. 168-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Crusaders rate No. 86 with 7.1 per game.
Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 98-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Youngstown State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 85 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 73-61 winner as they battled Wisc-Green Bay at home. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Valparaiso got 19 points from Ryan Broekhoff en route to a 73-61 victory over Wisc-Green Bay on Wednesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.
Youngstown State won its last outing, a 73-59 result against Cleveland State on January 26. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Kamren Belin scored 24 points leading the Penguins to a 73-59 victory over Cleveland State at Beeghly Center on Saturday.
Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Cleveland State are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Crusaders at Penguins trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Youngstown State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Youngstown State is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Youngstown State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Valparaiso
Youngstown State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Valparaiso
Valparaiso home to Wisc-Milwaukee, Friday, February 1
Youngstown State at Detroit, Friday, February 1