Oakland vs. Valparaiso - 2/17/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (21-5) at Oakland Grizzlies (19-7)
College Basketball: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center O'Rena)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies PK -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
The top two teams in the Horizon League square off on Friday night, as the Valparaiso Crusaders visit the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in college basketball action.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will be looking to build on a solid 10-1 record over their last 11 games following an 82-72 victory over Youngstown State last time out. Shane Hammink led the team with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field with a pair of threes and 7 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals, while Alec Peters followed right behind with 22 points on 6 of 13 from the field with a pair of triples and 7 boards of his own in addition to 8 makes in 9 trips to the foul line. Tevonn Walker added 14 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out after 31 minutes on the floor, and Lexus Williams chipped in 11 points on 4 of 6 from the field in just 17 minutes. Jaume Sorolla added 8 points and 3 rejections in the winning effort for Valpo. Peters leads the Crusaders by averaging a double-double per game this season, with 23.1 points and 10.7 rebounds while Hammink is the team’s leader in the assists department with a team-high 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Valparaiso is scoring 76.3 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the floor and 32.4% from behind the arc while boasting the 3rd-best free throw percentage in the country, shooting 79.5% from the charity stripe this season.
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will be looking to add to their current 4-game winning streak after defeating Detroit Mercy by a final score of 89-80 in their last outing. Sherron Dorsey-Walker led the team with 23 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor with 3 triples and an 8 for 10 mark from the foul line, while Jalen Hayes equalled Dorsey-Walker’s total with 23 points of his own on 8 of 14 shooting with 6 boards, 3 blocks and 4 steals. Martez Walker followed behind with 20 points on 7 of 16 from the floor with a pair of threes to match a pair of blocks for the Grizzlies’ leading scorer this season. Isaiah Brock added 3 steals, while Nick Daniels led the team in the win with 7 assists. Walker leads Oakland with an average of 16.7 points per game while Hayes leads the team in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds and Dorsey-Walker leads the team in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Oakland is scoring 77.7 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 75.7% from the foul line this season.
Valparaiso is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games. Oakland is 31-12-1 ATS in their last 44 games against a team with a winning record and 36-14-2 ATS in their last 52 games following a win while the under is 16-7-1 in their last 24 games overall. Oakland is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I know Valpo wants revenge after falling to Oakland early on in conference paly this season. However, the fact of the matter is that Oakland has dominated the spread head-to-head over the last few years, and the Grizzlies have the depth to hang with the likes of Peters and Hammink so I’ll side with Oakland here.