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Milwaukee vs. Valparaiso - 2/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso Crusaders (24-5) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (18-11)

College Basketball: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)

The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 24-5 (14-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Titans, 90-74, this past Sunday. Valparaiso was up by a 48-37 margin at halftime and used an early 6-0 run in the 2nd half to take complete control of the game and secure the win. Valparaiso shot 46.6% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc. The Crusaders allowed the Titans to shoot 52.1% from the field and outrebounded Detroit by a 39-24 margin. Leading the way for Valparaiso was Alec Peters who had a double-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (17.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), Tevonn Walker (10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Keith Carter (9.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Valparaiso is averaging 75.3 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Crusaders average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Valparaiso is holding their opponents to average 60.3 ppg on 37.9% shooting. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of 10.2 and average 4.4 blocks per game.

Milwaukee  vs. Valparaiso  - 2/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-11 (9-7 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 87-51, this past Monday. Milwaukee had little trouble putting away the Penguins as the Panthers led 27-28 at halftime and outscored Youngstown State by a 50-23 margin in the 2nd half. Milwaukee shot 45.3% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from beyond the arc. The Panthers held the high scoring Panthers to just 30.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded Youngstown State by a 50-30 margin. Leading the way for Milwaukee was Jordan Johnson who had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Matt Tiby (15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), Akeem Springs (13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Jordan Johnson (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 8.0 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 79.2 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.56. Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Crusaders are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 vs. Horizon League opponents. The Panthers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Outside of their two matchups against Wright State, Valparaiso has been outstanding in Horizon League play this season and have beaten their conference opponents by an average of 19.4 ppg. Milwaukee has gotten back on track after losing 4 of 5 games with two big victories over Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Milwaukee has an above average offensive that ranks 44th in the country in scoring however, the Crusaders defense is one of the best in the country ranking 6th in scoring defensive and 4th in defensive FG%, and I think Valparaiso will continue their dominance in the Horizon with a decisive victory in this one. Take Valparaiso to cover. 

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