Missouri State Bears (14-15) at Valparaiso Crusaders (15-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -2.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Missouri State Bears and Valparaiso Crusaders meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Missouri State Bears need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Missouri State Bears are averaging 69.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Keandre Cook is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Gaige Prim is averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Tulio Da Silva is dishing one assist and Lamont West is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Missouri State Bears have lost four of their last five road games.
The Valparaiso Crusaders need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 72.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Javon Freeman-Liberty is averaging 19.3 points and six rebounds while Ryan Fazekas is averaging 10.7 points and 0.4 assists. Donovan Clay is dishing 1.4 assists and Mileek McMillan is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Valparaiso Crusaders have won five of their last six home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The Missouri State Bears won the first meeting last month, are playing the better basketball entering this contest and are an impressive 9-3 against the spread on the road. However, the Valparaiso Crusaders are 8-2-1 against the spread at home and 17-9-2 against the spread on the season. The Valparaiso Crusaders win at home by an average of 8.8 points while shooting 45 percent from the field. The Missouri State Bears lose on the road by an average of 4.3 points while shooting 41.8 percent from the field. With both teams great against the number, I'll lean toward Valpo at home and the small number.