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Ball State Cardinals vs. Valparaiso Crusaders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/4/13

Valparaiso Crusaders (5-4) at Ball State Cardinals (2-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Valparaiso Crusaders take to the road to take on the Ball State Cardinals in Wednesday night action.

Valparaiso lost a good portion of their production from a season ago which means repeating as the regular season champs in the Horizon is probably a stetch. This team is looking to stay afloat while the new faces have time to gel and lately the plan is working after a 94-58 rout of Cincinnati Christian was their third win in four outings. This wasn't much of a test with Valpo taking a 24 point lead after 20 minutes behind nearly 65% from the floor and considerable advantages in key areas. Six DD scorers led the big scoring night with David Chadwick posting 14 points with Alec Peters tossing in 13. Moussa Gueye, Lexus Williams, Clay Yeo and Vashil Fernandez combined for 41 points with all ten players that saw time finding the scoring column.

Ball State Cardinals vs. Valparaiso Crusaders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/4/13

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It's hard to predict what we'll see from Ball State who many say is a team in the middle of the pack in the MAC. When I hear that I immediately think the Cardinals are capable of beating most teams in the conference on any given day but need to be more consistent. That hasn't been the case in three straight defeats following a 78-55 loss to Cleveland State. This was a case of one team not missing and that was the Vikings who nailed shots at almost 63% to easily out distance the 35.6% of the Cardinals. That alone meant eleven more field goals and Ball State couldn't keep up with only a pair of DD scorers. Chris Bond was high man with 17 points and seven rebounds with Zavier Turner and Jesse Berry combining for 19 points.

As I said above, Ball State can win if they play well and are catching a weaker Valparaiso then the one that ruled the roost in the Horizon a season ago. I believe the Crusaders have the edge so and have been a tad more consistent...

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