Valparaiso Crusaders vs Toledo Rockets Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valparaiso Crusaders vs Toledo Rockets
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Savage Arena in Toledo, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Valparaiso (+7)
Savage Arena is the site where and the Toledo Rockets (5-3) will take on the Valparaiso Crusaders (3-4) on Saturday. The line on this game has Toledo as 7-point favorites. The over/under opens at 141.
Valparaiso will take the court with a mark of 3-4 for the season. They are turning it over 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Valparaiso is snagging 33.7 rebounds per contest and has totaled 103 assists for the campaign, which ranks 56th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Crusaders are hitting 28.0% on 3-pointers (49 of 175) and 75.6% from the free throw line. They average 73.6 points per outing (176th in the nation) while going 44.7% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Crusaders are forcing 18.7 turnovers every game and they draw 19.6 personal fouls. The Crusaders defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.4% (163 of 403) and they relinquish 37.1 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 294th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 99 conceded for the campaign. They give up 31.1% on three-point shots and they rank 123rd in D-1 in PPG allowed (67.0).
The Valparaiso Crusaders played the Purdue Northwest Pride and took home the win by a score of 89-71 in their last contest. Valparaiso wrapped up the game having earned a 53.7% FG percentage (29 of 54) and made 5 of their 18 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Crusaders made 26 of their 32 attempts for a percentage of 81.3%. When talking about pulling down boards, they compiled 25 with 1 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 18 assists for this contest as well as earning 17 steals and 7 rejections. When discussing defending, Valparaiso allowed the other team to shoot 53.7% from the floor on 29 of 54. Purdue Northwest distributed 17 dimes and 12 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Pride snagged 39 rebounds (18 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 7 blocked shots. Purdue Northwest went 77.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 9 shots. They also knocked down 8 of 24 shots from long range.
Ben Krikke is one guy who came through for the matchup. He accounted for 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He played 23 mins played and also pulled down 8 boards. Krikke finished the game at 44.4% from the field and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in this game for the Crusaders was Connor Barrett. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by going 4-of-8 (12 points). Overall, Barrett was on the hardwood for 27 min.
Toledo has a record of 5-3 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Rockets are hitting on 41.6% from the floor, which is ranked 284th in the country. Toledo has totaled 604 pts on the year (75.5 per contest) and they pull in 37.9 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 15.6 times per contest (77th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 12.8 times per game. The Rockets have committed 15.9 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.4% from the charity stripe. The Rockets are ranked 175th in D-1 in points given up per game with 70.0. The Toledo defense surrenders 29.4% on three-point shots (55 of 187) and opponents are knocking down 72.4% of their foul shots. They have conceded 13.9 assists and 35.6 rebounds every game, which is 229th and 178th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.7% from the field (205th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Toledo Rockets went home victorious with a score of 96-87 when they faced the Marshall Thundering Herd. The Rockets snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in this matchup. They rejected 2 tries while earning 10 steals for the contest. The Thundering Herd were called for 19 fouls for the contest which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for 23 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.3%. Concerning shots from distance, Toledo made 10 of their 30 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets finished shooting 34 out of 75 from the floor which had them sitting at 45.3%. The Rockets allowed the Thundering Herd to make 31 of their 69 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 44.9% for the matchup. They went 32.4% from three-point range by going 11 of 34 and finished the contest at 14 of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Toledo allowed Marshall to grab 36 in all (5 offensive).
Ryan Rollins ended up being a factor for the Rockets in this game. He converted 6 out of 16 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which had him finishing with 16 points. Rollins pulled down 13 rebounds in his 33 mins played and tallied 2 dimes for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Toledo was Marreon Jackson. He finished with 23 points in 39 minutes played via 7 of 21 shooting in this game. Jackson ended the game having shot 33.3% from the floor and also earning 8 assists and 7 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Toledo (-7) and under 141 points
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