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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Cleveland State Vikings Preview

Cleveland State VikingsValparaiso Crusaders
20-10March 01, 2014, 04:00 | Athletics-Recreation Center17-13

The Valparaiso Crusaders hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Cleveland State Vikings pay a visit to Athletics-Recreation Center on the college basketball betting menu.

Valparaiso will face the 20-10 Vikings, who own a 20-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Crusaders are 7-17-1 on the OU so far this season while the Vikings are 10-16.

View Cleveland State Vikings vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Valparaiso sat as 0-point over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Crusaders at No. 60 and the Vikings at No. 24 heading into this contest.

Cleveland State was a 70-69 winner in its last match at home against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Bryn Forbes scored 15 points leading the Vikings to a 70-69 victory over Youngstown State at Wolstein Center on Tuesday.

Valparaiso was a 67-58 loser in its last match on the road against Wright State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso suffered a 67-58 loss against Wright State on Tuesday, getting 11 points from Alec Peters in a losing effort at Nutter Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Vikings is ranked No. 173 in NCAA hoops at 34.2 per game. Contrast that with Valparaiso’s No. 57 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Valparaiso is the No. 69-ranked team in the country at 7.1 per game, while Cleveland State rates No. 53 at 7.4 per game.

A few Vikings at Crusaders trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Cleveland State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland State's last 5 games
Cleveland State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Valparaiso is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Valparaiso's last 11 games
Valparaiso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home