Evansville at Valparaiso - 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Evansville at Valparaiso - 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by MACABE BROWN / Courier & Press / USA TODAY NETWORK

Valparaiso Beacons (13-17) vs Evansville Purple Aces (6-23)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: Valparaiso Beacons -5.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to play the Valparaiso Beacons in the first round of the MVC Tournament on Thursday.

The Evansville Aces are 6-23 (2-16) this season and have lost seven games in a row. Evansville is coming off of a loss against Missouri State by a score of 88-79. Evansville shot 43.6% from the field and made 16 three pointers in the win. Shamar Givance led the Purple Aces with 20 points and 5 assists in the game. Evansville is averaging 59.2 points per game and is giving up 70.4 points per game against, while also averaging 27.4 rebounds per game and 10.6 assists per game. Shamar Givance is averaging 13.8 points per game and 3.8 assists per game, while Blaise Beauchamp is averaging 8 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game for the Purple Aces. Evansville is shooting 39.6% on field goals, 71.1% on free throws, and 32.9% on three pointers.

The Valparaiso Beacons are 13-17 (6-12) this season and have lost five of their last seven games. Valparaiso lost to Bradley by a score of 79-55 in their last game. Valparaiso allowed Bradley to shoot 50% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the game. Kevion Taylor led the Beacons with 16 points and 3 rebounds in the loss. Valparaiso is averaging 70.8 points per game and is giving up 71 points per game against, while also averaging 32.2 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Ben Krikke is averaging 14.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Kobe King is averaging 14.2 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Beacons. Valparaiso is shooting 45.9% on field goals, 75.2% on free throws, and 33.4% on three pointers.

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Evansville is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in Evansville’s last 7 games. Valparaiso is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss of more than 20 points. The over is 6-1 in Valparaiso’s last 7 games following a loss.

Valparaiso defeated Evansville twice this season, by scores of 72-56 and 74-69. Evansville has been very bad this season and doesn’t even average 60 points per game. Valparaiso is the better team in this matchup and they should win easily. The over is worth a look with both teams allowing over 70 points per game, but I am taking Valparaiso.

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David’s Pick Valparaiso -5.5

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