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Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix take on Crusaders in NCAA basketball test

Wisc-Green Bay PhoenixValparaiso Crusaders
17-3January 29, 2014, 08:05 | Athletics-Recreation Center12-10

Valparaiso looks to cover the Crusaders-Phoenix pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 12-10 mark when they host Wisc-Green Bay in college basketball wagering action.

Valparaiso battles the Phoenix, currently sitting with a 17-3 mark (10-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-10-1 for the Crusaders and 7-9 for the Phoenix.

View Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 54-rated Wisc-Green Bay taking on the No. 166-rated Crusaders in this contest.

Wisc-Green Bay was a 62-52 winner in its last match at home against Detroit. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. The Phoenix got 22 points from Keifer Sykes as Wisc-Green Bay ran past Detroit 62-52 on Sunday at Resch Center.

Valparaiso was a 69-50 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Cleveland State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Valparaiso got 10 points from Alec Peters but lost anyway, 69-50, to Cleveland State on Saturday at Wolstein Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 61-rated offensive output, at 76.36 PPG. The visiting Phoenix defense ranks No. 41 allowing on average 64.85 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 47.42% so far, less than the Phoenix marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.89% per game.

A few Phoenix at Crusaders trends to consider:
Wisc-Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wisc-Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wisc-Green Bay is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Valparaiso
Wisc-Green Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
Valparaiso is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
Valparaiso is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Wisc-Green Bay
Valparaiso is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Wisc-Green Bay

Next up:
Wisc-Green Bay home to Wright State, Saturday, February 1st
Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago, Saturday, February 1st