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Valparaiso Crusaders vs Youngstown State Penguins College Basketball Betting Preview

Basketball betting fans will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Youngstown State Penguins try to run the Valparaiso Crusaders off the court at Beeghly Center in college hoops action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Youngstown State Penguins as 9.5-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved, check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Youngstown State Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Youngstown State Penguins battles the Valparaiso Crusaders, currently sitting with a 12-4 mark (6-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 7-6 for the Youngstown State Penguins and 6-7 for the Valparaiso Crusaders.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 278-ranked Youngstown State Penguins and the No. 114-rated Valparaiso Crusaders in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Youngstown State has the nation's No. 88-rated offensive output, at 77.24 PPG. The visiting Valparaiso Crusaders defense ranks No. 161 allowing on average 72.25 PPG. The Penguins FG% has averaged 43.54% so far, more than the Youngstown State Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.19% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit was victimized for 21 points and 21 rebounds by Tevonn Walker as the Crusaders bested the Titans 81-74 in college basketball action on Sunday.

Youngstown State got 20 points from Francisco Santiago en route to a 80-75 victory over Wright State on Saturday at Nutter Center.

Betting Trends
  • Valparaiso is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • Valparaiso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Valparaiso is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games on the road
  • Youngstown State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Youngstown State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Youngstown State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Valparaiso
  • Youngstown State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso

Next Betting Matchups

Valparaiso at Cleveland State, Saturday, January 14th
Youngstown State at UIC, Saturday, January 14th