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Valparaiso Crusaders take on Penguins in college basketball test

Valparaiso CrusadersYoungstown State Penguins
Feb 11, 7:05 PM | Beeghly Center

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds

18-8TEAM RECORD13-11

The Penguins will be trying to slam the Valparaiso Crusaders on Saturday when the teams tip off at Beeghly Center in college betting action.

This season, the Penguins are 13-11 overall and 10-10 ATS ATS, while the Crusaders are 18-8 and 12-10-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Youngstown State boasts a 11-8-1 on the OU, and Valparaiso is 9-14.

View Valparaiso vs Youngstown State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Penguins - Crusaders odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Youngstown State is rated No. 203 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 146. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-69 win for the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Youngstown State has the nation's No. 202-rated offensive output, at 66.8 PPG. The visiting Crusaders defense ranks No. 153 allowing on average 66.3 PPG. The Penguins FG% has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Valparaiso owns the country's No. 115-rated mark, allowing 67.9 points per game on the highway. Youngstown State, on the other hand, rates No. 298 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 59-41 winner as they battled Cleveland State on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. Ryan Broekhoff scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Valparaiso over Cleveland State, 59-41, on Thursday at Wolstein Center.

Youngstown State was a 68-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Butler. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Penguins endured a 68-59 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Kendrick Perry at Beeghly Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 5-5
After playing Cleveland State are 10-0
After a win are 7-3

Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Wisc-Green Bay are 4-6
After playing Butler are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Crusaders at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Youngstown State
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Youngstown State's last 5 games at home
Youngstown State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Youngstown State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
Youngstown State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso home to Illinois-Chicago, Tuesday, February 14
Youngstown State at Wisc-Green Bay, Tuesday, February 14

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