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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Central Florida Knights Preview

Central Florida KnightsValparaiso Crusaders
3-1November 26, 2013, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center3-3

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Valparaiso and Central Florida on Tuesday, with the host Crusaders trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Crusaders are 3-3 so far on the season, and 3-2 ATS vs. the number. The Knights, meanwhile, are 3-1 and 1-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Valparaiso go 2-2-1 and the Knights go 0-2 on the totals.

View Central Florida Knights vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Crusaders in this one found them listed as -2-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Tuesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Knights was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crusaders rated this week at No. 61 and the Knights sitting at No. 194.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 63-58 winner as they battled Miami on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. The Knights grabbed a 63-58 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Calvin Newell at BankUnited Center.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were an 81-49 winner as they battled James Madison at home. They covered in the match as a 14-point favorite. Valparaiso cruised to victory on Saturday, running James Madison out of the gym and running up an 81-49 score at Athletics-Recreation Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Valparaiso's No. 65 nationally ranked offense (81.17 points per game) against a Knights defense that sits as the No. 97 at 68.25 PPG. The Crusaders have been averaging 50.77% from the field, more than the Knights have managed so far this season (45% on average).

A few Knights at Crusaders trends to consider:
Central Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Central Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Central Florida at Florida Atlantic, Tuesday, December 3rd
Valparaiso at Mercer, Friday, November 29th