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Saint Louis Billikens take on Crusaders in NCAA basketball test

Saint Louis BillikensValparaiso Crusaders
7-2December 07, 2013, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center6-4

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Valparaiso vs Saint Louis battle Saturday at Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Crusaders currently sports a 6-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-2 ATS. The Billikens are 7-2 and 2-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Crusaders produce a 3-3-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Billikens have gone 3-4 against the number.

View Saint Louis Billikens vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Valparaiso Crusaders as 5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 67 (Crusaders) and the No. 26 (Billikens) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Valparaiso was a 69-50 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Ball State. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Crusaders grabbed a 69-50 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday, behind a 16-point effort from LaVonte Dority at Worthen Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Billikens is ranked No. 83 in NCAA hoops at 38.56 per game. Contrast that with Valparaiso’s No. 90 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Valparaiso is the No. 53-ranked team in the country at 7.7 per game, while Saint Louis rates No. 192 at 5.11 per game.

A few Billikens at Crusaders trends to consider:
Saint Louis is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
Saint Louis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Saint Louis is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Valparaiso is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Saint Louis home to Wofford, Saturday, December 14th
Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, December 14th