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Cleveland State Vikings Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Valparaiso Crusaders

The Valparaiso Crusaders will look to improve on a 17-4 record on Thursday when they host the Cleveland State Vikings in NCAA basketball betting odds action at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Cleveland State Vikings before tip-off in this one found them as 21-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Cleveland State Vikings vs Valparaiso Crusaders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Valparaiso Crusaders are 17-4 overall and 11-8 ATS, while the Cleveland State Vikings are 7-14 and 9-11 ATS. As for the betting totals, Valparaiso boasts a 8-11 on the OU, and Cleveland State is 8-12.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Valparaiso Crusaders and the No. 240-ranked Cleveland State Vikings, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 125-rated offensive output, at 74.81 PPG. The visiting Cleveland State Vikings defense ranks No. 69 allowing on average 67.29 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 43.92% so far, more than the Valparaiso Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.11% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland State suffered a 70-55 loss against Youngstown State on Sunday, getting 18 points from Demonte Flannigan in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

The battle between the Crusaders and Norse didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Northern Kentucky was handed a 71-46 defeat on Sunday at BB.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland State is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • Cleveland State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland State's last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Valparaiso
  • Valparaiso is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Valparaiso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 6 games
  • Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland State at Illinois-Chicago, Saturday, January 30th
Valparaiso at Youngstown State, Saturday, January 30th