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NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends - Youngstown State Penguins Underdogs vs Valparaiso Crusaders

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday as the Valparaiso Crusaders look to beat the odds vs the Youngstown State Penguins in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Valparaiso Crusaders as -18-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Youngstown State Penguins vs Valparaiso Crusaders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Youngstown State Penguins will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 7-15 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Valparaiso Crusaders are 13-9 ATS. Youngstown State Penguins are 13-9 on betting the total; Valparaiso Crusaders are 10-12.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 16 (Valparaiso) and the No. 265 (Youngstown State) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 99-rated offensive output, at 76.08 PPG. The visiting Youngstown State Penguins defense ranks No. 255 allowing on average 82.88 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 44.31% so far, more than the Valparaiso Penguins marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.71% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cameron Morse chucked in a team-high 44 points for Youngstown State on Thursday, but they still came up short in losing 84-81 at UIC Pavilion.

The Crusaders blew out Cleveland State on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 78-57 win at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Betting Trends
  • Youngstown State is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Youngstown State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Youngstown State's last 6 games
  • Youngstown State is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • Valparaiso is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Valparaiso is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Valparaiso is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Youngstown State home to Wright State, Thursday, February 16th
Valparaiso at Oakland, Friday, February 17th