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Valparaiso vs. Cleveland State - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (18-13) at Valparaiso Crusaders (25-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Cleveland State Vikings face off n Saturday at Athletics-Recreation Center in Horizon League college basketball tournament action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders are 26-5 this season and they won the Horizon League regular season title which gives them the right to host the conference tournament. Valpo is averaging 70.6 points and they are shooting 46.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.9 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Alec Peters leads the Crusaders averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Darien Walker is averaging 11.1 points, Tevonn Walker is averaging 10.7 points, and Keith Carter is averaging 8.8 points. Valpo is 13-1 at home and 13-3 in the Horizon League.

Valparaiso vs. Cleveland State - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings are 18-13 this season and they are coming off of a 17-point win over Detroit in their opening round tournament game. Cleveland State is averaging 67 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Trey Lewis leads the Vikings averaging 16.9 points per game. Anton Grady is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, Charlie Lee is averaging 12.4 points, and Marlin Mason is averaging 7.8 points. Cleveland State is 5-10 on the road and 12-5 in the Horizon League.

Valpo is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 1-5-1 against the spread in Saturday games, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Cleveland State is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread against the Horizon League. The underdog is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Valparaiso is the better team and look for them to come out on fire here and blitz CSU for an easy win. 

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Valparaiso Crusaders -4.5

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