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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Northwestern Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Betting

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Allstate Arena Thursday as the Northwestern Wildcats look to beat the odds vs the Valparaiso Crusaders in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northwestern Wildcats as -8-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Valparaiso Crusaders will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 5-2 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are 4-5 ATS. Valparaiso Crusaders are 2-5 on betting the total; Northwestern Wildcats are 4-5.

The Wildcats - Crusaders odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northwestern is rated No. 73 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 114.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Northwestern's No. 160-ranked offense, averaging 74.2 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 28 at 63.1 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 44.29% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.94% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Crusaders endured a 71-70 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Joe Burton at Worthen Arena.

Northwestern cruised to victory on Monday, running Chicago State out of the gym and running up a 96-31 score at Allstate Arena.

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Santa Clara, Monday, December 18th
Northwestern at DePaul, Saturday, December 16th