Missouri State Bears (6-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (3-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders +2 -- Over/Under: 143 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Missouri State Bears and Valparaiso Crusaders meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Missouri State Bears look for a win to build on their 6-1 record. The Missouri State Bears are averaging 80 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Isiaih Mosley is averaging 22.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while Gaige Prim is averaging 17.7 points and eight rebounds. Ja’Monta Black is the third double-digit scorer and Keaton Hervey is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game.
The Valparaiso Crusaders need a win after splitting their last six games. The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 71.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Donovan Clay is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while Ben Krikke is averaging 11.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Nick Robinson is dishing two assists and Connor Barrett is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 27.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The Bears are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The over is 18-6 in Bears last 24 overall. The under is 4-1 in Crusaders last 5 overall.
The Valparaiso Crusaders may have a little more balance to their attack, but it's the Missouri State Bears who pack more of a punch on the offensive side and have been money against the number this season. While it's played just seven games, Missouri State has been one of the more impressive teams in the country and has certainly been worth the bettors time. I'll lay the bucket with the Missouri State Bears here.