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Wright State Raiders vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso Crusaders (15-3) at Wright State Raiders (10-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nutter Center)

The Line: Wright State Raiders -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Saturday night.

The Valparaiso Crusaders won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-3 (3-1 Horizon) after a 58-56 victory over the Cleveland State Vikings last Saturday. Valparaiso committed 19 turnovers against Cleveland State however, held the Raiders to 36.0% shooting from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Alec Peters who had 24 points and 5 rebounds. Valparaiso is ranked 92nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 289th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (18.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Tevonn Walker (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Valparaiso is averaging 73.6 ppg (ranked 50th) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 51st). The Crusaders average 7.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 65th) on 36.8% three-point shooting (ranked 76th). Defensively, Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg (ranked 49th) on 37.7% shooting (ranked 21st). The Crusaders average 5.1 bpg (ranked 42nd). Valparaiso is grabbing 39.32 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a rebound margin of 8.3 (ranked 14th). Keith Carter is questionable for this match-up.

Wright State Raiders vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wright State Raiders dropped to 10-8 (2-2 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland State Vikings 55-50 this past Wednesday. Wright State shot only 27.3% (3-11) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by a 32-21 margin in the loss. The Raiders were led by Michael Karena who had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Wright State is ranked 125th in the RPI Rankings and have played the 111th ranked SOS. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (16.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Joe Thomasson (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.1 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 66.8 ppg (ranked 194th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 137th). The Raiders average 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 136th) on 35.6% three-point shooting (ranked 256th). Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg (ranked 207th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 260th). The Raiders are averaging 2.0 bpg (ranked 322nd) and 5.1 spg (ranked 306th). Wright State is grabbing 30.33 total rpg (ranked 325th) and have a rebound margin of -4.3 (ranked 317th). Steven Davis is questionable for this match-up.

The Crusaders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. the Horizon. The Raiders are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss.

Valparaiso hasn’t looked like the same team with Keith Carter, however, I think they’ll regain their offensive touch against a very week Wright State defensive. Wright State is tough at home and JT Yoho will cause the Crusaders trouble on the defensive however, I think that Valparaiso will walk away from the Nutter Center with a win. Take Valparaiso and the point in this one. 

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