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Youngstown State Penguins visit Valparaiso Crusaders in NCAAB hoops battle

Youngstown State PenguinsValparaiso Crusaders
Jan 13, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Youngstown State Penguins vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

9-6TEAM RECORD10-7

Valparaiso will look to improve on its 10-7 record on Friday when they host Youngstown State in NCAAB odds action at Athletics-Recreation Center.

This season, the Crusaders are 10-7 overall and 6-8 ATS ATS, while the Penguins are 9-6 and 6-5 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Valparaiso boasts a 7-7 on the OU, and Youngstown State is 7-3-1.

View Youngstown State vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Penguins listed as 5.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 206-rated Crusaders and the No. 231-ranked Penguins, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-72 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. 205-rated squad against Youngstown State's No. 255-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Valparaiso rates No. 168 in the country with 6.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 nationally with 9.3 per match.

Defensively, Youngstown State features the nation's No. 224-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.8 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 81 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Youngstown State, they were a 71-50 winner as they battled Illinois-Chicago at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The battle between the Penguins and Flames didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Illinois-Chicago was handed a 71-50 defeat on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 73-55 loser as they battled Wright State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Ryan Broekhoff scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Crusaders to a win (they lost 73-55 to Wright State at Nutter Center on Sunday).

Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Butler are 2-8
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland State are 7-2
After playing Wright State are 5-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Penguins at Crusaders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Youngstown State's last 5 games on the road
Youngstown State is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Youngstown State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Valparaiso
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Youngstown State
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Youngstown State
Valparaiso is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 7 games

Next up:
Youngstown State at Butler, Sunday, January 15
Valparaiso home to Cleveland State, Sunday, January 15

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