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Butler Bulldogs take on Crusaders in college basketball test

Butler BulldogsValparaiso Crusaders
Feb 24, 7:00 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Butler Bulldogs vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

18-12TEAM RECORD20-10

Butler travels to Valparaiso on Friday, hoping to boost its 18-12 record with a victory over the Crusaders.

The Crusaders sport records of 20-10 and 12-14-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bulldogs have 18-12 and 9-16-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-16 for the Crusaders and 14-13 for the Bulldogs.

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Betting Line:
Valparaiso opened as 1-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 134-rated Crusaders and the No. 76-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 69-68 result in favor of the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Valparaiso's No. 140 nationally ranked offense (69.6 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 39 at 61 PPG. The Crusaders have been averaging 47.2% from the field, more than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (40.7% on average).

Defensively, Butler features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.2 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 86 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Butler was a 69-44 winner at home against Illinois-Chicago. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bulldogs and Flames didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Illinois-Chicago was handed a 69-44 defeat on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Valparaiso was a 66-62 winner in its last match at home against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Crusaders grabbed a 66-62 win over the Ramblers on Tuesday, behind a 17-point effort from Ryan Broekhoff at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Loyola of Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Bulldogs at Crusaders trends to consider:
Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Valparaiso
Butler is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Butler's last 6 games on the road
Butler is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing Butler
Valparaiso is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games