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Oakland Grizzlies take on Crusaders in NCAA basketball test

Oakland GrizzliesValparaiso Crusaders
9-16February 09, 2014, 02:35 | Athletics-Recreation Center14-11

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

The Crusaders bring a 14-11 record (12-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-16 Grizzlies, who are 7-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Valparaiso go 6-13-1 so far and the Grizzlies go 11-11.

View Oakland Grizzlies vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Crusaders as -7-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 177-rated Oakland taking on the No. 143-rated Crusaders in this contest.

Oakland was a 92-85 loser in their most recent outing at home against Cleveland State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Oakland got 35 points from Travis Bader en route to a 92-85 loss at the hands of Oakland on Thursday at Athletics Center.

Valparaiso lost its last outing, a 59-57 result against Detroit on February 7. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. Alec Peters scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Crusaders to a win (they lost 59-57 to Detroit at Athletics-Recreation Center on Friday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Valparaiso's No. 62-ranked scoring average of 75.28 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense rated No. 243 and allowing 77.96 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 47.51% to date this season, more than the Grizzlies shooters have managed so far (43.03% per game).

Next up:
Oakland home to Detroit, Friday, February 14th
Valparaiso at Wisc-Milwaukee, Saturday, February 15th