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Indiana State vs. Valparaiso - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Valparaiso at Indiana State
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Hulman Center
Terre Haute, IN
The Line
Indiana State Sycamores -2.5 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
ESPN 3
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The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders improved to 12-7 (5-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Northern Iowa Panthers, 75-66, this past Saturday. Valparaiso led throughout the entire game and pulled away after taking a 64-57 lead with 2:59 left in regulation. Valparaiso shot 51.0% from the field, 43.8% from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Panthers by a 34-20 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Derrik Smits who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Valparaiso is averaging 71.6 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Valparaiso has been led by Ryan Fazekas (12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), Derrik Smits (12.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Markus Golder (10.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and Dakari Evelyn (9.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Defensively, Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Indiana State Sycamores lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-8 (2-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 75-67, this past Saturday. Indiana State had no answers on the offensive end for the Ramblers and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 68-60 margin with 1:10 left in regulation. Indiana State shot 50.0% from the field however, allowed Loyola-Chicago to shoot 53.2% from the field & 60.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Tyreke Key who had 19 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.

On the season, Indiana State is averaging 69.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (17.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Tyreke Key (15.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Christian Williams (11.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Emondre Richman (5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win. The Sycamores are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Valparaiso has won 6 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked 69th in FG% and T-75th in scoring defense. Indiana State has lost 3 of their last 4 games and come into this game ranked 274th in scoring offense & 179th in scoring defense.

Valparaiso has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, however, this is a team that can struggle on the offensive end and is averaging just 67.0 ppg in conference away games this season. Indiana State has struggled a bit as of late, however, this is a team that has a winning record at home and as I think the Sycamores offense will be able to do some damage against the Crusaders at home, I’m taking Indiana State to cover this small home spread.

Pick:
Indiana State Sycamores -2.5

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