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Valparaiso Crusaders Visit UC Riverside Highlanders in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

The UC Riverside Highlanders will try to cover the point spread at Student Recreation Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Valparaiso Crusaders in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the UC Riverside Highlanders to cover the point spread in this one found them as 8-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs UC Riverside Highlanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Valparaiso Crusaders have watched them go 9-3 and 6-3 ATS on the college basketball season, while the UC Riverside Highlanders are at 3-7 and 3-5 ATS. In totals betting, the UC Riverside Highlanders are 3-5, while the Valparaiso Crusaders have a 3-6 mark.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 151-rated Valparaiso Crusaders taking on the No. 305-rated UC Riverside Highlanders in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits UC Riverside's No. 260-ranked offense, averaging 63.5 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 48 at 65.25 PPG. The Highlanders field goal percentage has averaged 40.6% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.11% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Crusaders got 14 points from Joe Burton as Valparaiso ran past Santa Clara 76-68 on Monday at Leavey Center.

DJ Sylvester scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Highlanders to a win (they lost 77-61 to Montana at Dahlberg Arena on Sunday).

Betting Trends
  • Valparaiso is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Valparaiso's last 7 games
  • Valparaiso is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • UC Riverside is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • UC Riverside is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Indiana State, Thursday, December 28th
UC Riverside at UC Merced, Friday, December 22nd