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Valparaiso Crusaders vs James Madison Dukes Preview

James Madison DukesValparaiso Crusaders
2-3November 23, 2013, 03:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center2-3

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Valparaiso vs James Madison battle Saturday at Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Crusaders currently sports a 2-3 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-2 ATS. The Dukes are 2-3 and 3-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Crusaders produce a 2-1-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Dukes have gone 2-3 against the number.

View James Madison Dukes vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 61 (Crusaders) and the No. 182 (Dukes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for James Madison, they were a 71-67 loser as they battled Detroit at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. James Madison got 17 points from Charles Cooke but lost anyway, 71-67, to Detroit on Tuesday at JMU Center.

Valparaiso lost its last outing, a 100-92 result against Evansville on November 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. The Crusaders got a huge 30-point effort from Alec Peters but still lost 100-92 against Evansville on Wednesday at Ford Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Dukes rank No. 166 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.2 per game. That compares with Valparaiso’s No. 148 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Valparaiso is college basketball's No. 50-ranked team at 8 per game, while the Dukes rate No. 168 with 5.4 per game.

Next up:
James Madison at Winthrop, Wednesday, November 27th
Valparaiso at Central Florida, Tuesday, November 26th