Indiana State vs Valparaiso Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Valparaiso (6-21) vs Indiana State (21-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

Betting Odds: Valparaiso Beacons +14 -- Over/Under: 156 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana State Sycamores and the Valparaiso Beacons meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Athletics-Recreation Center. Indiana State is currently 22-5 overall and coming off a loss to Southern Illinois. As for Valparaiso, they’re 6-21 following  loss to Missouri State. Let’s get into our Indiana State vs. Valparaiso prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Indiana State Sycamores

The Sycamores only lost three of their first 25 games this year. Those losses came versus Alabama, Michigan State and Drake. Following a lengthy nine-game win streak that stretched from January 13 to February 10, Indiana State has since lost to Illinois State and Southern Illinois.

In the Southern Illinois matchup on Saturday, the Sycamores held a 37-31 lead going into halftime. Indiana State was outscored 43-32 from there however, resulting in a loss 74-69. Robbie Avila was the leading team scorer on 30 points with six rebounds and two assists.

Valparaiso Beacons

Over on the Beacons’ side, they were only able to win six of their first 19 outings. Those victories were over Trinity Christian IL, Green Bay, Western Illinois, Southern, Illinois State and UIC. Valparaiso is 0-8 since their last victory, most recently falling to Missouri State.

In the matchup with the Bears over the weekend, the Beacons held a 41-38 edge in the locker room. Valparaiso was outscored 44-33 in the second half and limped to a loss 82-74. Isaiah Stafford was the team’s top performer on 24 points with four steals and four rebounds.


I’ll stick with Indiana State. The Sycamores really need a good outing and a return to the win column, and this is a pretty good place to get it. Indiana State didn’t play horribly versus Southern Illinois in their last outing, but torpedoed themselves with 16 turnovers that led to 14 Salukis points. That makes 136 combined points in the last pair for the Sycamores, compared to 154 points allowed in that time.

These teams last met back on February 7 in a 101-61 blowout victory for the Sycamores. Indiana State shot an excellent 61.3 percent from the field with 49 rebounds in that one. This rematch may not be such a dominant outcome, but I like the Sycamores to cover in the end.

Andrew’s Pick Indiana State Sycamores -14

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