Valaparaiso vs. Youngstown State, 01/12/17 – Preview & Prediction
Written by: Alex Alarcon
Valparaiso (12-4, 2-1 Horizon) at Youngstown State (8-9, 2-2 Horizon)
Game Time: Game – Thursday, Jan. 12 – 6:45 p.m. CT
Lines: Valpo -9.5
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team takes its first overnight road trip in over a month this weekend, as the Crusaders make the Horizon League swing through northeast Ohio. The trip starts off with a matchup at Youngstown State Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. CT.
Valpo has dominated the all-time series with the Penguins, as the Crusaders own a 33-9 advantage over YSU – including a sterling 17-2 mark versus the Penguins since joining the Horizon League prior to the 2007-08 campaign.
Valpo has won seven straight in the series, including the last three matchups at the Beeghly Center. Last season, the Crusaders rolled twice versus YSU, winning 96-65 in Youngstown and 97-68 in Valparaiso.
As of Wednesday, Valpo ranked third nationally as a team in free throw pct., hitting at an 80.2% clip from the foul line this season. Four of the Crusaders’ top five players in free throw attempts are connecting at 75% or better from the foul line, led by Alec Peters’ 91.7% clip.
Through 16 games, Valpo has made 15 more free throws (316) than its opponents have attempted (301).
Penguins and Basketball
The Penguins are coming off a 14-point come-from-behind win at Wright State on Jan. 7.
Junior Francisco Santiago scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. Junior Cameron Morse scored 16 points and senior Jorden Kaufman and Matt Donlan added 14 and 11, respectively.
The Penguins outscored the Raiders , 50-31, in the second half and shot 60.6 percent from the field after halftime.
A Win Would mark YSU’s first over the Crusaders since 2013 and snap a seven-game losing skid to the Crusaders.
- Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Crusaders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Penguins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Penguins are 0-8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Penguins are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Long story short, it will be awhile before the Penguins can come close to beating the Crusaders. Valparaiso will continue to own this matchup.
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