Missouri State vs. Valparaiso - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State vs. Valparaiso - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Valparaiso Crusaders (18-15) at Missouri State Bears (16-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under:140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Valparaiso Crusaders (18-15, CONF 11-9) and Missouri State Bears (15-16, CONF 10-9) face off in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at the Scottrade Center. The home team won the two previous matchups this season between Valpo and Missouri State.

Valpo come into this game off a big upset over Loyola Chicago and now the dream has to be to make the NCAA tournament. Valparaiso has won four of the last five games and they have covered the spread in seven of the last nine.

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On the season Valpo is averaging 71.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 70,7 points per game. 

The Crusaders are led by guard Javon Freeman-Liberty who is averaging 18.5 points while shooting 43.1 percent from the field. Against the Ramblers, Valparaiso had four players score in double figures. 

Missouri State also hopes they are getting hot at the right time, and they can make a run into the tournament. 

Missouri State’s offense has been strong coming into this game averaging 77.8 points per game over the last five games. 

Missouri State is led by Keandre Cook who is averaging 14.6 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. In the Bears last game against Indiana State Cook put up 13 points with nine of those points coming from deep. 

Valpo is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games overall. Missouri State is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall. The over is 10-2 in Missouri State’s last 12 games overall. Valparaiso is 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 meetings against Missouri State. 

These are two offenses who have been strong coming into this game and it should be no different in this game. Look for both teams to push the pace, and that will lead to the over cashing with ease.  

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