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Valparaiso Crusaders home to IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons in NCAA Basketball betting action

IUPU Fort Wayne MastodonsValparaiso Crusaders
Dec 5, 8:05 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

5-4TEAM RECORD5-2

The Valparaiso Crusaders will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons at Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

This season, the Crusaders are 5-2 overall and 3-2 ATS ATS, while the Mastodons are 5-4 and 2-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Valparaiso boasts a 0-3 on the OU, and IUPU Fort Wayne is 0-1.

View IUPU Fort Wayne vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Valparaiso sat as 14.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 218-rated Crusaders and the No. 114-ranked Mastodons, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-71 result in favor of the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 166-rated offensive output, at 69 PPG. The visiting Mastodons defense ranks No. 64 allowing on average 59.7 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Mastodons marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.3% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, IUPU Fort Wayne owns the country's No. 60-rated mark, allowing 61.8 points per game on the highway. Valparaiso, on the other hand, rates No. 148 in scoring at home.

IUPU Fort Wayne was a 57-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Mastodons grabbed a 57-56 win over the RedHawks on Saturday, behind a 10-point effort from Joe Edwards at Memorial Coliseum.

Valparaiso was a 62-49 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Saint Louis. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso suffered a 62-49 loss against Saint Louis on Sunday, getting 10 points from Kevin Van Wijk in a losing effort at Chaifetz Arena.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing Saint Louis are 1-0
After a loss are 8-2

A few Mastodons at Crusaders trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against IUPU Fort Wayne
Valparaiso is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing IUPU Fort Wayne
Valparaiso is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
IUPU Fort Wayne at Drake, Saturday, December 8
Valparaiso at New Mexico, Saturday, December 8

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