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Cleveland State vs. Valparaiso - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso Crusaders (24-5) at Cleveland State Vikings (17-12)

College Basketball: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Wolstein Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Cleveland State Vikings and the Valparaiso Crusaders face off on Friday at the CSU Convocation Center in Horizon League college basketball.

The Cleveland State Vikings are 17-12 this season and they have won five of their last seven games. Cleveland State is averaging 67.4 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Trey Lewis leads the Vikings averaging 17.1 points per game. Anton Grady is averaging 14 points and 7.4 rebounds, Charlie Lee is averaging 12.3 points, and Marlin mason is averaging 7.6 points. Cleveland State is 12-2 at home and 11-4 in the Horizon League.

Cleveland State vs. Valparaiso - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Valparaiso Crusaders are 25-5 this season and they are coming off of a loss at Detroit that ended a seven game winning streak. Valpo is averaging 71.1 points and they are shooting 46.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Alec Peters leads the Crusaders averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Darien Walker is averaging 11 points, Tevonn Walker is averaging 10.7 points, and Keith Carter is averaging 9.1 points. Valparaiso is 7-4 on the road and 12-3 in Horizon League games.

Cleveland State is 12-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 home games. Valparaiso is 7-3-1 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 5-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record. The home team is 7-3-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two.

Valpo didn’t look good last time out and expect Cleveland State to be fired up and to get the win and cover. 

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Cleveland State Vikings -2.5

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