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Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Grizzlies (12-12) at Valparaiso Crusaders (20-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: American Network

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the Athletics-Recreation Center to take on the Valparaiso Crusaders this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies improved to 12-12 (7-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 91-77, this past Wednesday. Oakland shot 60.3% from the field and 50.0% (6-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Corey Petros who had 34 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists. Oakland is ranked 140th in the RPI Standings and has played the 86th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (17.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 7.5 apg) and Corey Petros (14.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg). Oakland is averaging 73.4 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 56th). The Golden Grizzlies average 7.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 60th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23 (ranked 51st). Oakland is holding their opponents to an average of 74.7 ppg (ranked 333rd) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 324th). The Golden Grizzlies are allowing teams to shoot 37.0% from beyond the arc (ranked 293rd) and average just 1.6 bpg (ranked 339th).

Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Valparaiso Crusaders improved to 21-4 (8-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans, 78-70, this past Wednesday. Valparaiso shot 56.5% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Alec Peters who had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Valparaiso is ranked 87th in the RPI Standings and has played the 307th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (17.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Tevonn Walker (10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg). Valparaiso is averaging 72.5 ppg (ranked 70th) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 41st). The Crusaders average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 99th) on 37.5% three-point shooting (ranked 52nd). Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 39th) on 37.8% shooting (ranked 15th).  The Crusaders pull down 38.8 total rpg (ranked 23rd) and have a rebound margin of 8.4 (ranked 8th).

The Golden Grizzlies are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Crusaders are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.

Oakland got a huge game by Corey Petros and outrebounded the UIC Flames by a 35-28 margin to win their 7th straight game Valparaiso has been getting it down all year on both ends of the ball and although they will be looking for revenge from their lost at Oakland earlier this season, I think this is too many points to give an Oakland team that is playing as well as anyone in the Horizon. Take Oakland and the points in this one. 

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