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Valparaiso Crusaders visit Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers in college basketball clash

Valparaiso CrusadersWisc-Milwaukee Panthers
15-11February 15, 2014, 08:00 | U.S. Cellular Arena16-9

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Crusaders of Valparaiso hit the hard court against the Panthers of Wisc-Milwaukee.

The Panthers bring a 16-9 record (14-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-11 Crusaders, who are 12-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Wisc-Milwaukee go 11-11 so far and the Crusaders go 6-14-1.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 2-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Panthers rated this week at No. 256 and the Crusaders sitting at No. 109.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 63-60 winner at home against Oakland. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. The Crusaders grabbed a 63-60 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday, behind a 13-point effort from Alec Peters at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Wisc-Milwaukee was a 73-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers used a 30-point performance from Jordan Aaron to help Wisc-Milwaukee smack Wisc-Green Bay 73-63 on Saturday at Resch Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisc-Milwaukee's No. 135 nationally ranked offense (71.68 points per game) against a Crusaders defense that sits as the No. 86 at 67.81 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 44.25% from the field, less than the Crusaders have managed so far this season (47.44% on average).

A few Crusaders at Panthers trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
Valparaiso is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Wisc-Milwaukee
Wisc-Milwaukee is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 6 games at home
Wisc-Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso at Wisc-Green Bay, Thursday, February 20th
Wisc-Milwaukee at Youngstown State, Thursday, February 20th