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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Mercer Bears Preview

Mercer BearsValparaiso Crusaders
4-3November 29, 2013, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center4-3

The visiting Mercer Bears hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Athletics-Recreation Center against the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Valparaiso battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 4-3 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-2-1 for the Crusaders and 0-0 for the Bears.

View Mercer Bears vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crusaders rated this week at No. 61 and the Bears sitting at No. 162.

Mercer lost its last outing, a 76-67 result against Ohio on November 26. Langston Hall scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Bears to a win (they lost 76-67 to Ohio at Ohio University Convocation Center on Tuesday).

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were an 85-70 winner as they battled Central Florida at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Valparaiso earned an 85-70 victory over Central Florida on Tuesday, getting 16 points from Alec Peters at Athletics-Recreation Center.

A few Bears at Crusaders trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Mercer at Oklahoma, Monday, December 2nd
Valparaiso at Cincinnati Christian, Saturday, November 30th