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Valparaiso vs Evansville Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Beacons vs Aces Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Valparaiso Beacons at Evansville Aces
- Where: Evansville at Ford Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Valparaiso -2, VALP -134 | EVANS +109 O/U 135.5
Coming into today’s matchup, the Valparaiso Beacons are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 6-12. On the road, the Beacons will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 0-7. So far, the Beacons have been favored 5 times, going 4-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Valparaiso as -2 point favorites.
Ben Krikke comes into today’s game as the Beacons’ leading scorer at 17.83 points per contest. Not only has Krikke been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Valparaiso’s top rebounder at 5.89 boards per contest. Behind Krikke, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kobe King, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.61 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.2% of his shots and is adding 3.33 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Valparaiso this season, as they are currently ranked 214th in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Beacons’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 309th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Valparaiso, the Evansville Aces will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 4-14. Currently, the Aces have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 3-6. So far, the Aces have been the underdog 17 times, going 4-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Evansville’s leading scorer this season is Kenny Strawbridge, who is averaging 15.83 points per contest. So far, Strawbridge has accounted for 24.74% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.94 rebounds per game and 2.22 assists. Marvin Coleman is the second leading scorer for the Aces, averaging 9.61 points per game. Between him and Coleman, they are accounting for 39.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Evansville this season, as they are currently ranked 465th in college basketball at 59.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Aces’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.9%, placing them 327th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Evansville Aces +2
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Valparaiso Beacons are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2. However, we anticipate Evansville putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Beacons as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Aces to cover.