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Where: The Knapp Center, Des Moines, IA
When: Saturday, February 16, 3:00 PM. ET.
The Drake Bulldogs will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Valparaiso Crusaders on Saturday afternoon.
Crusaders Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Crusaders have struggled in recent weeks and they have lost six of their last seven games. They will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak and pick up their second win in their last eight games when they face the Bulldogs on Saturday.
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🔹@ValpoBasketball Associate Head Coach @coachgore talks about spending 17 years at Valpo & learning under four head coaches
🔹@kikiballa14 speaks about moving to 🇺🇸 to play basketball & her journey to coaching @SIU_WBasketball pic.twitter.com/AMpyAriNqQ
— MVC Basketball (@ValleyHoops) February 15, 2019
Valparaiso hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 68.5 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Derrik Smits leads the way for the Crusaders with 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Ryan Fazekas is averaging 12.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while Javon Freeman is averaging 11 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
The Crusaders have fared much better on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 66.7 points per game, which is 58th in the country. They gave up 87 points in their last game and will need to play significantly better to beat the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Bulldogs Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Bulldogs have played well this season, winning 19 of their first 26 games. They are currently in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, one game behind Loyola Chicago. They will be trying to reduce their deficit in the standings and pick up their third win in a row when they face the Crusaders on Saturday.
Bulldogs got another tough road win last night. Let’s put a bow on the first regular season sweep of SIU in seven years. pic.twitter.com/mR44CZw80V
— Michael Admire (@Admire_OnAir) February 13, 2019
Drake has played well offensively, averaging 76.2 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
Nick McGlynn leads the way for the Bulldogs with 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Nick Norton is averaging 14 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game, while Brady Ellingson is averaging 11.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs have been average on defense and are giving up 70.8 points per game. They gave up 69 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Crusaders.
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
- 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Missouri Valley.
- 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulldogs have played well against the spread, winning 12 of their last 16 games following a straight up win and 20 of their last 27 home games. The Crusaders have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last seven games and four of their last five games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Drake Bulldogs
Full-Game Total Pick
The Crusaders have played under the total in their last five road games and in six of their last seven games. The Bulldogs have played under the total in 10 of their last 13 games following an ATS win and in seven of their last 10 games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bulldogs will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Crusaders in the first half of their last three games, averaging 38 points per game while the Crusaders average 33.7 points per game.
Prediction: Drake Bulldogs
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bulldogs and Crusaders are averaging 71.7 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.