Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix Pick-Odds-Prediction1/29/14
Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (17-3) at Valparaiso Crusaders (12-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Green Bay looks to remain unblemished in the Horizon League when they take the road to face Valparaiso Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Phoenix sits atop the conference, improving to 9-0 after a 62-52 handling of Detroit Sunday. Junior G Keifer Sykes had a game-high 22 points, including 11 of 12 from the foul line, to go along with 8 rebounds, junior F Greg Mays had 11 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore G Carrington Love added 10 points and connected on 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Green Bay shot a dismal 28.3 percent from the field and hit just 2 of 14 from outside the arc to Detroit’s 31.5 percent from the floor and 4 of 19 from downtown. The Phoenix shot well, from the line, however, connecting on 34 of 41 and finished with a 39-38 edge on the boards. On the season, Green Bay is averaging 77.8 ppg on 47.9 percent shooting. Sykes leads the team in scoring with 20.8 ppg, followed by senior C Alec Brown at 16.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Valparaiso is in 4th place in the conference with a record of 4-3 and comes in off a 69-50 loss to Cleveland State Saturday. The Crusaders were outshot from the field 45.5 percent to 35.6 percent and from outside the arc 41.2 percent to 38.1 percent. Valpo also committed 16 turnovers. Senior G LaVonte Dority had 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting and hit 2 of 3 from downtown and freshman F Alec Peters added 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field. Through 22 games, the Crusaders are averaging 76.4 ppg on 47.4 percent shooting. Dority leads the team with 16.2 ppg, followed by Peters at 12.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -3.5 for Green Bay and these two have almost identical numbers on the season, but the Phoenix boast the nation’s 17th-ranked scorer in Sykes. Look for Green Bay to cover.