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Youngstown State Penguins Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Valparaiso Crusaders

The college basketball betting odds menu features a clash between Valparaiso and Youngstown State on Saturday, with the host Crusaders trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread line.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Valparaiso Crusaders to cover the point spread in this one found them as -21.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Youngstown State Penguins vs Valparaiso Crusaders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Youngstown State Penguins have watched them go 9-13 and 10-8 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Valparaiso Crusaders are at 18-4 and 12-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Valparaiso Crusaders are 9-11, while the Youngstown State Penguins have a 12-6 mark.

The Crusaders - Penguins odds would favor the Crusaders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Valparaiso is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Youngstown State is at No. 287.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Youngstown State is ranked No. 219 in NCAA basketball at 34.23 per game. Contrast that with Valparaiso's No. 11 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Valparaiso is the No. 84-ranked team in the country at 7.73 per game, while Youngstown State rates No. 52 at 8.27 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins grabbed a 82-78 win over the Flames on Thursday, behind a 22-point effort from Cameron Morse at UIC Pavilion.

The battle between the Crusaders and Vikings didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Cleveland State was handed a 77-52 defeat on Thursday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Betting Trends
  • Youngstown State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Youngstown State is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Youngstown State's last 9 games on the road
  • Youngstown State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Valparaiso
  • Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Valparaiso is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
  • Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Youngstown State home to Oakland, Thursday, February 4th
Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago, Saturday, February 6th