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Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs Valparaiso Crusaders Betting Preview

Valparaiso CrusadersWisc-Green Bay Phoenix
Jan 26, 8:00 PM | Resch Center

Valparaiso Crusaders vs Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Odds


The Phoenix hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Valparaiso Crusaders pay a visit to Resch Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Phoenix bring a 7-12 record (7-8-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 14-7 Crusaders, who are 9-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Wisc-Green Bay go 7-9 so far and the Crusaders go 8-10.

View Valparaiso vs Wisc-Green Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Wisc-Green Bay sat as 1.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Phoenix, most recently No. 172 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Crusaders, who rate No. 165 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-63 victory for the Crusaders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wisc-Green Bay has the nation's No. 294-rated offensive output, at 62 PPG. The visiting Crusaders defense ranks No. 204 allowing on average 68 PPG. The Phoenix FG% has averaged 40.5% so far, less than the Crusaders marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.2% per game.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 183-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. Wisc-Green Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 268 nationally in scoring at home.

Valparaiso was a 60-55 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois-Chicago. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. The Crusaders grabbed a 60-55 win over the Flames on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Kevin Van Wijk at UIC Pavilion.

In their last action, Wisc-Green Bay was a 77-47 loser on the road against Youngstown State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Wisc-Green Bay was crushed on Sunday, getting blown out by Youngstown State and falling by a 77-47 score at Beeghly Center.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Illinois-Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Butler are 8-2
After playing Youngstown State are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6

A few Crusaders at Phoenix trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso's last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Green Bay
Wisc-Green Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Wisc-Green Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Valparaiso
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Wisc-Green Bay's last 10 games when playing Valparaiso
Wisc-Green Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Valparaiso

Next up:
Valparaiso at Wisc-Milwaukee, Saturday, January 28
Wisc-Green Bay home to Butler, Saturday, January 28