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Northern Iowa vs. Valparaiso - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valparaiso Crusaders (11-7) at Northern Iowa Panthers (8-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Valparaiso Crusaders and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McLeod Center.

The Valparaiso Crusaders could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 71.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Tevonn Walker is averaging 16.6 points and 1.6 assists while Joe Burton is averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Bakari Evelyn is the third double-digit scorer and Markus Golder is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The Valparaiso Crusaders have lost six of their last seven road games.

Northern Iowa vs. Valparaiso - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers are looking for their first victory since December 10. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 63.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Bennett Koch is averaging 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Tywhon Pickford is averaging 10.2 points and 1.4 assists. Wyatt Lohaus is dishing two assists and Klint Carlson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have lost three straight home games.

The Crusaders are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 11-28-1 ATS in their last 40 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 home games and the under is 10-3 in Crusaders last 13 overall.

I really don't like laying chalk with a team that struggles to win games outright, but the Northern Iowa Panthers are still one of the best defensive teams in the country and the crowd will be out for this contest with it being on national TV. The Valparaiso Crusaders have had more than their fair share of struggles on the road this season and can go through offensive droughts. NIU is due for a feel good victory and this club is still well coached to get it. I'll lay the reasonable line here.

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