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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Vikings College Hoops Game Preview

Valparaiso CrusadersCleveland State Vikings
Feb 9, 4:00 PM | Wolstein Center

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds

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The Cleveland State Vikings will hit the floor running against the visiting Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Cleveland State battles the Crusaders, currently sitting with a 18-6 mark (13-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-9-1 for the Vikings and 9-10 for the Crusaders.

View Valparaiso vs Cleveland State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Vikings installed as 8.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 89-rated Valparaiso taking on the No. 303-rated Vikings in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 76-62 win for the Crusaders on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland State's No. 242-ranked offense, averaging 64.6 PPG, against a Crusaders defense that ranks No. 48 at 60.8 PPG. The Vikings field goal percentage has averaged 42.8% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.1% per game.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 128-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.1 points per game. Cleveland State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 163 nationally in scoring at home.

Valparaiso won its last outing, an 86-61 result against Illinois-Chicago on February 5. They covered in that game as a 12-point favorite. The battle between the Crusaders and Flames didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Illinois-Chicago was handed an 86-61 defeat on Tuesday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 66-60 winner at home against Youngstown State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Cleveland State got 23 points from Devon Long en route to a 66-60 victory over Youngstown State on Tuesday at Wolstein Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Wright State are 8-2
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Youngstown State are 9-1
After a win are 3-7

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

Next up:
Valparaiso at Wright State, Tuesday, February 12
Cleveland State at Detroit, Tuesday, February 12