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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Phoenix underdogs vs Crusaders at Valparaiso

Wisc-Green Bay PhoenixValparaiso Crusaders
Jan 23, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Athletics-Recreation Center Wednesday as host Valparaiso looks to handle the Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Crusaders are 15-5 overall and 10-7 ATS ATS, while the Phoenix are 10-9 and 9-7-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Valparaiso boasts a 6-9 on the OU, and Wisc-Green Bay is 2-10.

View Wisc-Green Bay vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Valparaiso opened as 8.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 134-rated Wisc-Green Bay taking on the No. 106-rated Crusaders in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-69 win for the Crusaders on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Valparaiso's No. 119-ranked scoring average of 70 PPG, against a Phoenix defense rated No. 89 and allowing 62.5 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 46.6% to date this season, more than the Phoenix shooters have managed so far (43.3% per game).

Defensively, Wisc-Green Bay features the nation's No. 253-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 145 nationally in scoring at home.

Wisc-Green Bay was a 77-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Cleveland State. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Phoenix and Vikings didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Cleveland State was handed a 77-50 defeat on Saturday at Resch Center.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 69-63 winner as they battled Wright State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite. Ryan Broekhoff scored 18 points leading the Crusaders to a 69-63 victory over Wright State at Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday.

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Cleveland State are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Youngstown State are 2-8
After playing Wright State are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Phoenix at Crusaders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Green Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Valparaiso
Wisc-Green Bay is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Wisc-Green Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Valparaiso is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Valparaiso's last 11 games when playing Wisc-Green Bay

Next up:
Wisc-Green Bay at Wisc-Milwaukee, Friday, January 25
Valparaiso at Youngstown State, Wednesday, January 30