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Valparaiso Crusaders face Oakland Grizzlies: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Valparaiso CrusadersOakland Grizzlies
9-7January 04, 2014, 06:00 | Athletics Center5-11

The Oakland Grizzlies will hit the floor running against the visiting Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Grizzlies sport a record of 5-11 and 5-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Crusaders have 9-7 and 7-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-8 for the Grizzlies and 5-5-1 for the Crusaders.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Oakland sat as 0-point over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 206-ranked Grizzlies and the No. 104-rated Crusaders in this matchup.

Valparaiso won its last outing, an 87-72 result against Illinois-Chicago on January 2. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Crusaders grabbed an 87-72 win over the Flames on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Keith Carter at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Oakland was a 76-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wright State. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. The Grizzlies got 16 points from Corey Petros, but it was Wright State that prevailed in a 76-64 final on Thursday at Nutter Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the nation's No. 144-rated offensive output, at 73.06 PPG. The visiting Crusaders defense ranks No. 156 allowing on average 70.56 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 43.28% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.97% per game.

A few Crusaders at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Valparaiso is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Valparaiso is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games when playing Oakland
Valparaiso is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland
Oakland is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
Oakland is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Valparaiso
Oakland is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Wright State, Friday, January 10th
Oakland at Wisc-Milwaukee, Wednesday, January 8th