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(23-6) Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Wright St. Raiders (19-10)
2017 NCAA Basketball – Horizon
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Crusaders -2
CBB Betting Total: 146.5
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Valpo is once again looking like the best team in the Horizon, a league that had a lot of turnover coming into the season.
It helps to have an NBA player at a school like that but this squad is far from invincible.
Wright State has played well in the league but probably needs to win the league Tournament to have a shot at the big dance. Probably both teams do.
The Crusaders have new leadership but not much has changed from last year when they were the class of the Horizon.
It helps when you have an NBA quality big man like Alec Peters. He has not shot it as well this season as he did a year ago but it is hard to argue with averages of 23ppg and 10rpg.
Shane Hammink is another player that is hard to matchup with. The former LSU Tiger is an athletic wing whose size causes problems. He is a senior too.
Valpo has enough size that Peters does not have to do the heavy lifting inside. Derrick Smits and Jaume Sorolla are two big bodies with nice futures. Their size wears teams down even if they are not super productive.
Another thing to like about Valpo is that they make their foul shots – 3rd in the country at 78%. That is a vital feature in closing out games.
The Horizon is not a high profile league but Valpo is the IT team so I am not surprised that they are somewhat overvalued in the market. Their ATS numbers are nothing special.
Wright State Raiders
The Raiders are almost always a contender in the Horizon and this year is no different. They are not likely to go dancing but the postseason seems likely.
Mark Alstork is not the most efficient scorer but he leads the team at 18ppg. Wright State has pretty balanced scoring with four scoring 11ppg or more. Justin Mitchell is just 6’4″ but he leads the team in rebounding at 8 per game. Matching up could be a problem.
By matching up I mean size inside. Peters dominated the Raiders the last time these two teams played because they don’t have a great counter.
Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler are all double figure scorers this year and have averaged 36.3 points per game in this tournament.
CBB Betting Trends:
- VALP are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Fri. games.
- VALP are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 10-1 in WRST last 11 overall.
- Over is 10-1 in WRST last 11 vs. Horizon League.
- WRST are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Fri. games.
Free Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Wright State Raiders NCAAB Prediction:
Look for the Crusaders to be a favourite even on the road.
The Raiders are good but this is a tough matchup for them, for most teams in the Horizon to be frank.
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I am not seeing an upset here but the Crusaders could be overvalued. Looks to fade them it if is more than -8
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Valparaiso 78 – Wright State 71
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