Valparaiso at Evansville
|Date & Time||Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Evansville Purple Aces -2 -- Over/Under: 136
The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Evansville Purple Aces meet in MVC college basketball action from the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after falling to Missouri State by a final score of 55-54 in overtime in their last outing. Javon Freeman led the Crusaders with 12 points along with a game-high 15 rebounds and a pair of steals for the double-double while Bakari Evelyn added 11 points with 3 threes and Daniel Sackey added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Valparaiso in the loss. Deion Lavender had 8 points and a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Derrik Smits was held to just 7 points and 4 rebounds in 13 foul-plagued minutes, but still leads Valpo with an average of 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while Lavender leads the Crusaders in assists with 4.6 helpers per game this season. As a team, Valparaiso is averaging 69.4 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.
The Evansville Purple Aces will be looking to get out of their current 4-game losing streak after an 81-73 loss to Bradley in their last outing. K.J. Riley led the Aces with 14 points along with 3 assists and a pair of steals while Evan Kuhlman came right behind with 13 points and Marty Hill added 10 points with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals as well to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Evansville in the loss. John Hall grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds while Shamar Givance dished out a team-high 4 assists. Riley leads Evansville with an average of 14.3 points and 3.3 assists per game while Hall leads the Aces in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Evansville is averaging 72.1 points per game on 42.5% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 73.4% from the foul line this season.
Valparaiso is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Evansville is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Valparaiso is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams could desperately use the win, so it’s really hard to separate them which is obviously why the line is as low as it is. However, while Valparaiso still finds themselves in the top half of the conference, a lot of that stems from early season success for the Crusaders. The Purple Aces aren’t a great team this year, but 8 of Evansville’s 9 wins have come at home and this is a matchup that Valparaiso has struggled with ATS over the last couple of years. I’ll lay the bucket with Evansville simply because the Aces are at home here.