The Belmont Bruins and Valparaiso Crusaders meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Belmont Bruins look for their 12th win. The Valparaiso Crusaders look for their seventh win.
The Belmont Bruins are averaging 74.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Ben Sheppard is averaging 18.1 points and 5 rebounds, while Cade Tyson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Drew Friberg is the third double-digit scorer and Ja’Kobi Gillespie is grabbing 1.6 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.4 rebounds per game.
The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 68.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Ben Krikke is averaging 18 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Kobe King is averaging 16.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Quinton Green is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Edwards is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game.
The Bruins are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Beacons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 19-8 in Beacons last 27 Tuesday games.
The Valparaiso Crusaders have been rough at both ends of the floor this season, and it's hard to get behind them with confidence these days. In the underdog role, Valpo is losing by an average of 15.9 points while shooting 39.5 percent from the field. Belmont has flaws as well, but this is a game it should win. I'll lay the buckets.