Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 2/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (20-5) at Valparaiso Crusaders (21-4)
College Basketball: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Athletics-Recreation Center to take on the Valparaiso Crusaders this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 20-5 (9-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 63-62, this past Wednesday. Green Bay shot 48.1% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Alfonzo McKinnie who had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 steal. Green Bay is ranked 52nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 202nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (18.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Greg Mays (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Green Bay is averaging 68.4 ppg (ranked 148th) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 46th). The Phoenix are averaging just 4.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 321st) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11 (ranked 109th). Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg (ranked 31st) on 40.2% shooting (ranked 73rd). The Phoenix average 7.6 spg (ranked 52nd) and have a rebound margin of 3.2 (ranked 89th).
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The Valparaiso Crusaders improved to 22-4 (9-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 82-76, this past Sunday. Valparaiso shot 57.7% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was E. Victory Nickerson who had 16 points, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Valparaiso is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 301st ranked SOS. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (17.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Tevonn Walker (11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg). Valparaiso is averaging 72.8 ppg (ranked 57th) on 47.3% shooting (ranked 31st). The Crusaders average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 105th) on 37.6% three-point shooting (ranked 51st). Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg (ranked 48th) on 38.1% shooting (ranked 18th). The Crusaders pull down 38.58 total rpg (ranked 26th) and have a rebound margin of 8.2 (ranked 14th).
The Phoenix are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win. The Crusaders are 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 Friday games however, just 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.
This will be a big game as these are the top two teams in the Horizon League. Green Bay has won their last three games, however, they haven't looked overly impressive in any of them. Valparaiso has won four straight and most recently defeated a very hot Oakland team. This should be a great game and I think in the end Green Bay and Keifer Sykes will pull out a victory in this one. Take Green Bay and the points in this one.