Valparaiso vs Missouri State 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Missouri State Bears and Valparaiso Crusaders meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Missouri State Bears look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Valparaiso Crusaders look to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Missouri State Bears are averaging 78.9 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Isiaih Mosley is averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Gaige Prim is averaging 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds. Jaylen Minnett is the third double-digit scorer and Ja’Monta Black is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game.

The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 73.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kobe King is averaging 15.5 points and 5 rebounds, while Ben Krikke is averaging 14.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Sheldon Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Kevion Taylor is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game.

The Bears are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Beacons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The over is 5-1 in Bears last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Beacons last 5 overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Missouri State Bears are clearly the better team here, with one of the better offenses in the country. Missouri State has also been terrific against the spread on the road dating back to last season. The Valparaiso Crusaders will be up for this game at home, but they need to show more before I can back them against one of the better teams in the conference. Give me the Bears and small chalk.

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