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Valparaiso Crusaders host Murray State Racers in college basketball action

Murray State RacersValparaiso Crusaders
21-10November 08, 2013, 08:30 | Athletics-Recreation Center26-8

A key college battle sees the visiting Murray State Racers travelling to Valparaiso Friday to take on the Crusaders.

The Crusaders sport a record of 26-8 and 18-13 ATS heading into this battle, while the Racers have 21-10 and 13-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-15 for the Crusaders and 10-13-1 for the Racers.

View Murray State Racers vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Valparaiso in this one found them as -6.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 92-rated Murray State taking on the No. 48-rated Crusaders in this contest.

Murray State was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Belmont. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. The Racers got 23 points from Stacy Wilson, but it was Belmont that prevailed in a 70-68 final on Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 65-54 loser on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso suffered a 65-54 loss against Michigan State on Thursday, getting 15 points from Ben Boggs in a losing effort at Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Valparaiso's No. 66-ranked offense, averaging 71.18 PPG, against a Racers defense that ranks No. 140 at 66.81 PPG. The Crusaders field goal percentage has averaged 48.44% so far, more than the Racers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.22% per game.

A few Racers at Crusaders trends to consider:
Murray State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Murray State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Murray State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Murray State's last 9 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Valparaiso is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 6 games
Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Murray State home to Brescia, Tuesday, November 12th
Valparaiso at North Park, Sunday, November 10th