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College Basketball Matchup - Valparaiso Crusaders Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds Preview

Wisc-Milwaukee PanthersValparaiso Crusaders
13-6January 18, 2014, 02:00 | Athletics-Recreation Center10-9

The Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Crusaders in Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

Valparaiso battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 13-6 mark (11-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-7-1 for the Crusaders and 8-8 for the Panthers.

View Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

The Panthers were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

This game puts the Crusaders, most recently No. 90 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 223 in the latest survey.

Wisc-Milwaukee was a 67-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois-Chicago. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Panthers grabbed a 67-63 win over the Flames on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Jordan Aaron at UIC Pavilion.

Valparaiso was a 78-70 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Detroit. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso got 22 points from Lexus Williams en route to a 78-70 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at Calihan Hall.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Valparaiso's No. 48-ranked offense, averaging 77.95 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 156 at 70.74 PPG. The Crusaders field goal percentage has averaged 48.22% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.94% per game.

A few Panthers at Crusaders trends to consider:
Wisc-Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 9 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Valparaiso is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Valparaiso is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing Wisc-Milwaukee
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Wisc-Milwaukee

Next up:
Wisc-Milwaukee at Wright State, Tuesday, January 21st
Valparaiso at Youngstown State, Thursday, January 23rd