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College basketball point spread favors Vikings in battle with Crusaders

Valparaiso CrusadersCleveland State Vikings
12-9January 25, 2014, 02:00 | Wolstein Center12-9

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Crusaders of Valparaiso hit the hard court against the Vikings of Cleveland State.

Cleveland State will face the 12-9 Crusaders, who own a 10-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Vikings are 6-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Crusaders are 6-9-1 favoring the OVER.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Cleveland State sat as -6.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Vikings - Crusaders odds would favor the Vikings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cleveland State is rated No. 89 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 109.

Valparaiso won its last outing, a 74-71 result against Youngstown State on January 23. They covered in that game as a 4-point underdog. The Crusaders got a terrific 27-point effort from LaVonte Dority as Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State 74-71 on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Last time out for Cleveland State, they were a 74-64 winner as they battled Illinois-Chicago on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. Cleveland State earned a 74-64 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Bryn Forbes at UIC Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland State's No. 107 nationally ranked offense (73.81 points per game) against a Crusaders defense that sits as the No. 139 at 69.95 PPG. The Vikings have been averaging 47.32% from the field, less than the Crusaders have managed so far this season (47.9% on average).

A few Crusaders at Vikings trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Valparaiso is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Valparaiso is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland State
Cleveland State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland State's last 7 games
Cleveland State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Wisc-Green Bay, Wednesday, January 29th
Cleveland State at Eastern Illinois, Tuesday, January 28th