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Point spread favors Panthers in battle with Crusaders

Valparaiso CrusadersWisc-Milwaukee Panthers
Jan 28, 2:00 PM | U.S. Cellular Arena

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds


U.S. Cellular Arena will host Panthers vs. Crusaders action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Panthers sit at 14-8 (7-9-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Crusaders are currently 14-8 (9-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wisc-Milwaukee is 8-10 OU, and Valparaiso is 8-11 OU.

View Valparaiso vs Wisc-Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Panthers as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 165-rated Valparaiso taking on the No. 81-rated Panthers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 70-69 win for the Crusaders on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wisc-Milwaukee's No. 87-rated squad against Valparaiso's No. 212-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wisc-Milwaukee rates No. 91 in the country with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 166 nationally with 6.3 per match.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.4 points per game. Wisc-Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 265 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 75-60 loser on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso got 17 points from Ben Boggs but lost anyway, 75-60, to Wisc-Green Bay on Thursday at Resch Center.

Wisc-Milwaukee won its last outing, a 53-42 result against Butler on January 26. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. James Haarsma scored 12 points leading the Panthers to a 53-42 victory over Butler at U.S. Cellular Arena on Thursday.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Youngstown State are 8-2
After playing Butler are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Crusaders at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee
Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wisc-Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Valparaiso
Wisc-Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Detroit, Thursday, February 2
Wisc-Milwaukee home to Youngstown State, Tuesday, January 31