Cleveland State Vikings vs. Valparaiso Crusaders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/25/14
Valparaiso Crusaders (12-9) at Cleveland State Vikings (12-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Wolstein Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Cleveland State Vikings square off with the Valparaiso Crusaders at the CSU Convocation Center.
Valparaiso might be minus a ton of production from a season ago but they have a quality up tempo offense that has done a good enough job to make them a team that shouldn't be over looked in the Horizon. The Crusaders drove that point home as they came back from a nine point hole to knock off Youngstown State 74-71 on the road. Valpo rode 46% shooting and a handful of more shots along with a game high 27 points from leading scorer LaVonte Dority. Jubril Adekoya followed with 13 points and five pulls while Moussa Gueye and Alec Peters combined for 20 points and 13 boards.
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Cleveland State has a year of experience under their belt with their current roster and it has shown in 2013-14 thus far. The question is whether it continues or not and it will if the offense and defense is on the same page as we saw in a 74-64 decision at Illinois Chicago. The Vikings took a six point lead in to the second half and never let the Flames mount any kind of comeback. CSU connected at 47% from the floor including a decisive 10-15 from beyond the arc. Bryn Forbes paced the scoring with 20 points with Jon Harris adding 18 points and ten rebounds while Trey Lewis and Anton Grady dropped 16 and 12 points respectively.
Valparaiso is doing better then what most expected and could have hoped for. They are capable of beating anyone on their schedule but Cleveland State isn't devoid of talent and have the ability to win this...