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Cardinals open as college hoops underdog vs Crusaders

Valparaiso CrusadersBall State Cardinals
5-4December 04, 2013, 07:00 | Worthen Arena2-4

The visiting Valparaiso Crusaders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Worthen Arena against the Ball State Cardinals.

The Crusaders will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 4-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cardinals are 3-2 ATS. Valparaiso is 3-2-1 against the total, while Ball State is 2-2 versus the number.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Cardinals as 3.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 209-rated Cardinals and the No. 67-ranked Crusaders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Valparaiso won its last outing, a 94-58 result against Cincinnati Christian on November 30. The Crusaders blew out Cincinnati Christian on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 94-58 win at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 78-55 loser as they battled Cleveland State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. The Cardinals were hammered by Cleveland State on Saturday, losing by a 78-55 final at Wolstein Center in college basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 211 nationally ranked offense (69.17 points per game) against a Crusaders defense that sits as the No. 172 at 73.11 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 42.37% from the field, less than the Crusaders have managed so far this season (51.92% on average).

A few Crusaders at Cardinals trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Valparaiso is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Saint Louis, Saturday, December 7th
Ball State at Marquette, Tuesday, December 17th