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Horizon Tournament - Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers face Valparaiso Crusaders: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Wisc-Milwaukee PanthersValparaiso Crusaders
18-13March 07, 2014, 09:30 | Resch Center18-14

Wisc-Milwaukee travels to Valparaiso on Friday, hoping to boost its 18-13 record with a victory over the Crusaders.

Valparaiso will face the 18-13 Panthers, who own a 17-12 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Crusaders are 8-18-1 on the OU so far this season while the Panthers are 15-14.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Crusaders installed as -2.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 142 (Crusaders) and the No. 264 (Panthers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Wisc-Milwaukee was an 83-73 winner in its last match at home against Detroit. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Panthers grabbed an 83-73 win over the Titans on Tuesday, behind a 16-point effort from Jordan Aaron at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Valparaiso won its last outing, a 73-63 result against Illinois-Chicago on March 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite. The Crusaders got a terrific 29-point effort from Alec Peters as Valparaiso defeated Illinois-Chicago 73-63 on Tuesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 100-rated offensive output, at 72.69 PPG. The visiting Panthers defense ranks No. 164 allowing on average 71.29 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 46.99% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.6% per game.

A few Panthers at Crusaders trends to consider:
Wisc-Milwaukee is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 6 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
Valparaiso is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Valparaiso's last 13 games
Valparaiso is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Wisc-Milwaukee
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Wisc-Milwaukee