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Valparaiso Crusaders take on Phoenix in NCAA basketball test

Valparaiso CrusadersWisc-Green Bay Phoenix
March 2, 3:00 PM | Resch Center

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Odds

23-7TEAM RECORD16-13

The Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Valparaiso Crusaders pay a visit to Resch Center on the college basketball betting menu.

Supporters of the Crusaders have watched them go 23-7 and 17-10 ATS on the year, while the Phoenix are at 16-13 and 15-11-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Phoenix are 6-16, while the Crusaders have a 13-12 mark.

View Valparaiso vs Wisc-Green Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Wisc-Green Bay opened as 1-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Phoenix - Crusaders odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wisc-Green Bay is rated No. 119 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 78. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-70 win for the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wisc-Green Bay has the nation's No. 205-rated offensive output, at 66.4 PPG. The visiting Crusaders defense ranks No. 78 allowing on average 62.5 PPG. The Phoenix FG% has averaged 43.8% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.3% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Valparaiso owns the country's No. 135-rated mark, allowing 67.6 points per game on the highway. Wisc-Green Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 227 in scoring at home.

Valparaiso was a 73-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. Ryan Broekhoff scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Valparaiso over Youngstown State, 73-64, on Tuesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

In their last action, Wisc-Green Bay was a 78-61 winner at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Alec Brown scored 28 points for Wisc-Green Bay on Tuesday, leading the Phoenix to a 78-61 win over Wisc-Milwaukee at Resch Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Youngstown State are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Crusaders at Phoenix trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay
Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay
Wisc-Green Bay is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Wisc-Green Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Valparaiso
Wisc-Green Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisc-Green Bay's last 5 games