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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Penguins College Hoops Game Preview

Valparaiso CrusadersYoungstown State Penguins
11-9January 23, 2014, 07:05 | Beeghly Center12-8

Valparaiso travels to Youngstown State on Thursday, hoping to boost its 11-9 record with a victory over the Penguins.

The Crusaders will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Penguins are 8-6 ATS. Valparaiso is 6-8-1 on the totals; Youngstown State is 6-7.

View Valparaiso Crusaders vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds and Stats.

Youngstown State opened as -4-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 109-rated Valparaiso taking on the No. 146-rated Penguins in this contest.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 75-62 winner at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Crusaders got a terrific 27-point effort from LaVonte Dority as Valparaiso defeated Wisc-Milwaukee 75-62 on Saturday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

In their last action, Youngstown State was a 77-63 winner at home against Detroit. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. DJ Cole scored 22 points leading the Penguins to a 77-63 victory over Detroit at Beeghly Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Youngstown State's No. 209-rated squad against Valparaiso's No. 40-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Youngstown State rates No. 21 in the country with 8.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 60 nationally with 7.5 per match.

Next up:
Valparaiso at Cleveland State, Saturday, January 25th
Youngstown State at Wright State, Saturday, January 25th