Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Wright State Raiders - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (11-16) at Valparaiso Crusaders (23-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Athletics-Recreation Center to take on the Valparaiso Crusaders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Wright State Raiders dropped to 11-16 (3-10 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 76-67, this past Wednesday. Wright State shot 43.1% from the field and 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Grant Benzinger who had 31 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Wright State is ranked 218th in the RPI Standings and has played the 139th ranked SOS. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (16.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 0.8 spg) and Joe Thomasson (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg). Wright State is averaging 65.9 ppg (ranked 207th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 124th). The Raiders average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 122nd) on 34.8% three-point shooting (ranked 143rd). Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg (ranked 256th) on 46.0% shooting (ranked 305th). The Raiders are pulling down just 29.22 total rpg (ranked 336th) and have a rebound margin of -5.1 (ranked 327th).
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The Valparaiso Crusaders improved to 24-4 (11-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 62-55, this past Sunday. Valparaiso shot 44.2% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Alec Peters who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Valparaiso is ranked 64th in the RPI Standings and has played the 280th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (17.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Tevonn Walker (11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Valparaiso is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 66th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 41st). The Crusaders average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 115th) on 37.9% three-point shooting (ranked 48th). Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 ppg (ranked 44th) on 38.0% shooting (ranked 16th). The Crusaders pull down 38.54 total rpg (ranked 23rd) and have a rebound margin of 8.3 (ranked 10th).
The Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win however just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
Wright State has lost their last 6 games and has been crippled with injuries as it looks as if JT Yoho has been out for the past month with a foot injury and Joe Thomasson is questionable with a head injury. With all the injuries the line has yet to be posted, however, as Valparaiso controls their fate in the Horizon Standings, I see them winnin this one by 15+. Please check back with the line is posted.