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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Northern Iowa Panthers College Basketball Betting Preview

The college basketball betting odds menu features a clash between Northern Iowa and Valparaiso on Saturday, with the host Panthers trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread line.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Valparaiso Crusaders opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Northern Iowa Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northern Iowa Panthers sit at 8-9 (4-8-1 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Valparaiso Crusaders are currently 11-7 (8-7 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Northern Iowa is 6-7 OU, and Valparaiso is 5-10 OU.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 226-rated Northern Iowa Panthers and the No. 249-ranked Valparaiso Crusaders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northern Iowa has the nation's No. 254-rated offensive output, at 64.71 PPG. The visiting Valparaiso Crusaders defense ranks No. 62 allowing on average 67.11 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 41.79% so far, less than the Northern Iowa Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.37% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Crusaders grabbed a 77-60 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, behind a 26-point effort from Tevonn Walker at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Tywhon Pickford scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 69-67 to Indiana State at Hulman Center on Wednesday).

Betting Trends
  • Valparaiso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Valparaiso is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Valparaiso's last 13 games
  • Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Northern Iowa is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Northern Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Northern Iowa is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Missouri State, Wednesday, January 17th
Northern Iowa at Drake, Tuesday, January 16th