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Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso Crusaders (17-3) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (16-4)

College Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Friday night in college basketball action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders won their 5th straight game and improved to 18-3 (5-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown St. Penguins 77-62 this past Tuesday. Valparaiso shot 54.9% from the field and 62.5% (10-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusades was Alec Peters who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Valparaiso is ranked 89th in the RPI Standings and has played the 311th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (17.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg) and Tevonn Walker (10.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Valparaiso is averaging 73.4 ppg (ranked 52nd) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 44th). The Crusaders average 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 70th) on 37.4% three-point shooting (ranked 55th). Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 45th) on 37.6% shooting (ranked 17th). The Crusaders average 39.24 total rpg (ranked 24th) and have a rebound margin of 8.6 (ranked 14th). Keith Carter (9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg) is questionable with a foot injury.

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 1/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Phoenix defeated the UIC Flames 78-55 last Tuesday and improved to 16-4 (5-1 Horizon) on the season. Green Bay shot 50.9% from the field and held UIC to just 10.0% (1-10) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Keifer Sykes who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Green Bay is ranked 85th in the RPI Standings and has played the 275th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (19.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Greg Mays (11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 69.2 ppg (ranked 138th) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 50th). The Phoenix make only 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 317th) and shoot just 62.5% as a team from the free throw line (ranked 326th). Defensively, Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 58.8 ppg (ranked 26th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 45th). The Phoenix average 7.6 spg (ranked 66th) and have a rebound margin of 3.9 (ranked 76th).

The Crusaders are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Phoenix are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Valparaiso and Green Bay are the leaders of the Horizon conference and this should be a great game this Friday night. Valparaiso has won 10 of their last 11 games and has really been getting it down on the defensive end as in their last 5 games they are holding teams to just 58.8 ppg. Green Bay has the best player in the conference in Keifer Sykes who can take over a game at any moment and can single handily win games for the Phoenix. Green Bay is the conference favorite and although their defensive should cause Valparaiso some trouble, I think that this game will come down to the wire and Valparaiso takes it with the points. Take Valparaiso and the points in this one. 

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Valparaiso Crusaders -5

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