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Valparaiso Crusaders face Evansville Purple Aces: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Valparaiso CrusadersEvansville Purple Aces
2-2November 20, 2013, 09:00 | Ford Center2-0

The visiting Valparaiso Crusaders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Ford Center against the Evansville Purple Aces.

The Crusaders will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 2-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Aces are 1-0 ATS. Valparaiso is 1-1-1 against the total, while Evansville is 1-0 versus the number.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Purple Aces as -5.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Purple Aces - Crusaders odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Evansville is rated No. 84 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 61.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 76-72 loser as they battled Ohio on the road. Valparaiso got 20 points from LaVonte Dority but lost anyway, 76-72, to Ohio on Sunday at Ohio University Convocation Center.

Evansville was an 89-76 winner in its last match at home against Mercer. D.J. Balentine went off for 29 points and added 3 rebounds, leading Evansville over Mercer, 89-76, on Monday at Ford Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Evansville's No. 192-rated squad against Valparaiso's No. 82-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Evansville rates No. 207 in the country with 4.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 78 nationally with 7 per match.

Next up:
Valparaiso home to James Madison, Saturday, November 23rd
Evansville at Anderson, Saturday, November 23rd