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Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (9-8) at Valparaiso Crusaders (14-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Cleveland State Vikings and Valparaiso Crusaders will face off at the Athletics-Recreation Center this Saturday night in college basketball action.

The Cleveland State Vikings won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-8 (3-0 Horizon) after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this past Thursday night. The Vikings held the Golden Grizzlies to 43.5% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Charlie Lee who had 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Vikings are currently ranked 169th in the RPI Standings and have played the 168th ranked SOS. On the season, Cleveland State has been led by Trey Lewis (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg) and Anton Grady (12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, the Vikings are averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 184th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 138th). Cleveland State is making an average of 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 62nd) and has a turnover margin of 3.2 (ranked 26th). Defensively, the Vikings are holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 84th) on 41.5% shooting (Ranked 144th). Cleveland State is averaging 8.4 spg (ranked 34th).

Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Valparaiso Crusaders improved to 15-3 (2-1 Horizon) after defeating the UIC Flames 85-56 this past Thursday. The Crusaders shot an impressive 60.4% from the field while holding the Flames to just 32.8% shooting in the victory. Leading the way for Valparaiso was Vashil Fernandez who had 15 points and 8 rebounds. The Crusaders are currently ranked 78th in the RPI Standings and have played the 270th ranked SOS. On the season, Valparaiso has been led by Alec Peters (17.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Tevonn Walker (10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, the Crusaders are averaging 74.4 ppg (ranked 41st) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 52nd). Valparaiso averages 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 65th) on 36.6% shooting (ranked 89th). Defensively, the Crusaders are holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg (ranked 59th) on 37.8% shooting (ranked 27th). Valparaiso averages 27.11 defensive rpg (ranked 29th), 39.78 total rpg (ranked 26th), and has a rebound margin of 8.6 (ranked 16th). Valparaiso might be without the services with their point-guard Keith Carter (9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg) due to a foot injury.

The Vikings are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Crusaders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Valparaiso didn’t have Keith Carter in their recent victory, however, if he is not able to go, there are going to miss him against Cleveland State. Cleveland State has been playing well lately and if Charlie Lee can keep playing at the level he is at, this game is going to come down to the wire. I’m take Cleveland State and the points in this one. 

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