Oakland Grizzlies vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (12-2) at Oakland Grizzlies (4-10)
College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: My 20 Detroit / ESPN 3
The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Friday night.
The Valparaiso Crusaders won their 5th straight contest to improve to 13-2 on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes this past Monday. The Crusaders jumped all over the Dukes early in this one taking a 40-16 lead by the end of the first half. Leading the way for Valparaiso was Alec Peters who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Crusaders are ranked 66th in the RPI Standings and have played the 243rd SOS. On the season, Valparaiso has been led by Alec Peters (19.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Tevonn Walker (9.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), and Keith Carter (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, the Crusaders are averaging 73.4 ppg (ranked 71st) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 53rd). Valparaiso does damage from long range as they currently average 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 44th) on 39.0% (ranked 32nd) three-point shooting. Defensively, the Crusaders are holding their opponents to an average of 59.1 ppg (ranked 40th) on 37.8 (ranked 36th). Valparaiso does a nice job on the boards as they average a total of 38.27 rpg (ranked 62th).
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies lost their 5th straight game to drop to 4-10 on the season after losing 72-56 to the 15th ranked Maryland Terrapins this past Saturday. Oakland struggled defensively in this match-up as they allowed the Terrapins to shoot 50.0% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Jalen Hayes who had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Oakland is currently ranked 187th in the RPI Standings and have played the 29th ranked SOS. On the season, The Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (16.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Corey Petros (14.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Dante Williams (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 92nd) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 109th) and the Golden Grizzlies make an average of 7.6 three-pointers per game. Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to score and average of 78.7 ppg (ranked 339th) on 47.9% shooting (ranked 330th). The Golden Grizzlies average only 1.4 bpg (ranked 340th) and 33.14 total rpg (ranked 250th).
The Crusaders are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Grizzlies are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss, however just 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Oakland has played a tough non-conference schedule to start the season however they will continue to lose games if they don’t find some answers on the defensive end. Valparaiso is an experienced team that is playing well right now and although Oakland can put up points in a hurry with Kahlil Felder and Corey Petros, I don’t see them being able to stop the Crusaders on defensive. I’m going to take Valparaiso to cover this small spread.