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Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Alabama Crimson Tide - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Alabama Crimson Tide (2-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (3-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 12:00 am (MGM Grand)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBA

Late Monday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we’ve got college basketball action coming between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Valparaiso Crusaders. 

Valparaiso enters play here with a 3-1 record on the year. The Crusaders won their opener 79-65 against Southern Utah, then beat Trinity 89-75 and Coppin State 78-58. In their most recent outing, Valparaiso dropped one to Oregon 76-54. 

Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Alabama Crimson Tide - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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So far this season, the Crusaders have two players in double figures. Alec Peters leads Valparaiso with 25.8 PPG and 8.5 RPG, and Shane Hamming has 16.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG. Max Joseph is also playing well for the Crusaders with 8.8 PPG and 4.8 RPG. 

Over on the Alabama side, they’re entering this game with a 2-1 mark on the year. The Crimson Tide beat Coastal Carolina in their opener 70-53, then lost one to Dayton in the second game 77-72. Alabama was able to bounce back against Ball State on Friday 77-59, however. 

The Crimson Tide also has a pair of players averaging in double figures this year. Damon Ingram leads the way for Alabama on 11.0 PPG with 4.0 RPG and 4.7 APG, while Corban Collins sits on 10.7 PPG. Shannon Hale is pretty close, though, with 9.7 PPG and 2.3 RPG for the Crimson Tide. 

Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a straight-up loss. Valparaiso is also 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Monday games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. 

As for Alabama, they’re 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. Alabama is also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win. 

Valparaiso didn’t get much of a challenge in their first three games, but was able to bag convincing wins nonetheless. Even given the rankings, the Oregon game was a bit of a dud, but there weren’t a lot of scenarios in which the Crusaders could have gotten close in that one. Still, I think Valparaiso has a lot of talent and can hang with Alabama for a cover here.

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