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Valparaiso vs. UC Riverside - 12/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside Highlanders (2-6) at Valparaiso Crusaders (4-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 2, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -13 -- Over/Under: 129.5
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NCAA BB | UC Riverside Highlanders (2-6) at Valparaiso Crusaders (4-3)
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The UC-Riverside Highlanders and the Valparaiso Crusaders meet in college basketball action from the Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon.

The UC-Riverside Highlanders will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 80-70 loss to California Baptist in their last outing. Jordan Gilliam and Dikymbe Martin each had 18 points with Gilliam adding 3 threes and a team-high 3 assists while Martin added a team-high 6 rebounds. Zac Watson chipped in 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Highlanders in the losing effort. Martin leads UC-Riverside in scoring with 15 points per game while Gilliam leads the Highlanders in rebounding and assists with 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UC-Riverside is averaging 60.8 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

The Valparaiso Crusaders will be looking to build on a 72-64 road win over UNLV in their last outing. Derrik Smits led Valpo with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double while Bakari Evelyn added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and 4 steals. Markus Golder added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Crusaders in the win, while Deion Lavender added 9 points and 4 steals of his own in the winning effort. Smits leads Valparaiso with an average of 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while Lavender leads the Crusaders with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Valparaiso is averaging 77.4 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

UC-Riverside is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games while the under is 14-3 in their last 17 road games. Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 non-conference games.

Valparaiso looked solid against UNLV as we got more of a defensive output from the Crusaders than we are normally used to getting from Valpo. I’m thinking that we also may see more of the same from the Crusaders here as the Highlanders have had trouble scoring the basketball so far this season, barely topping 60 points per game on average this year. It’s a lot of points to lay, but Valparaiso is clearly the better team here and should cruise to a win.  

Valparaiso -13

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