Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Kentucky Wildcats, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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VALPARAISO CRUSADERS KENTUCKY WILDCATS
7-1 December 7, 8:00 PM | Rupp Arena 7-1

When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV: 8 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Valparaiso +19.5 -105  TBA 152.5 -110
Kentucky -19.5 -115  TBA 152.5 -110
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The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Kentucky Wildcats will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Rupp Arena.

ABOUT VALPARAISO (7-1): The Crusaders are coming off a school-record 30-win season and NIT championship game appearance, and boast the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year in Alec Peters. The 6-9 senior forward averages 25.4 points – second in the nation to Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene – and 9.1 rebounds while making 68 of his 72 free throws, but struggles with 3-point shots (11-for-37). Shane Hammink, a 6-7 senior guard, is the only other double-figure scorer at 15.4 points but is 2-for-22 from beyond the arc while junior guard Tevonn Walker (9.7 points) adds scoring depth.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (7-1): The Wildcats don’t have much to worry about on the offensive end as they are fourth in the nation at 95.1 points per game, led by freshman guard Malik Monk’s 19.9. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe (17.3 points) had his worst game of the season Saturday with 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the field, missing all five of his 3-point attempts. Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox (15.9 points, team-high 7.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds) had a strong game against UCLA with 20 points and nine assists as he continues to enjoy what is expected to be his only season at Kentucky.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Wildcats listed as 19.5-point favorites versus the Crusaders, while the game’s total is sitting at 152.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Kentucky hosts Valparaiso on Wednesday after suffering its first loss of the season and facing the reality that it probably has to improve more than it thought to challenge for a national championship. The Wildcats dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll following a 97-92 loss to current No. 2 UCLA on Saturday that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate and also found out that they have a long way to go defensively.

“It was a little bit of a surprise at first, but I think it’s been good for us,” Kentucky freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel told reporters. “Coach (John Calipari) said we needed to be in a close game. I think we would be better off if we had won the close game, but we’re learning from that and moving on. Valpo is a good team and we’re working toward that.” The Wildcats get an immediate challenge to improve their defense as the Crusaders shoot 50.2 percent inside the 3-point line, but Kentucky – after allowing UCLA to go 10-for-23 from long range – isn’t expecting much trouble from outside as Valparaiso shoots 25.8 percent from distance. The Wildcats have two games to figure it out before meeting No. 5 North Carolina in Las Vegas on Dec. 17 and visiting No. 13 Louisville on Dec. 21. The Crusaders haven’t played for seven days since their 65-62 victory over then-No. 25 Rhode Island on Nov. 29, with their only loss at No. 24 Oregon 76-54 on Nov. 17.

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COLLEGE HOOPS NEWS
1. The Wildcats own a plus-8.0 rebounding differential while the Crusaders, who were picked to defend their Horizon title in the preseason poll, are plus-4.2.

2. Kentucky’s 1.81 assist-to-turnover ratio was fourth in the nation while Valparaiso was 292nd among the 347 Division I teams at .81 through Monday’s games.

3. The Wildcats, who had their 42-game home winning streak snapped Saturday but have won 39 in a row against unranked opponents at home, have never lost two straight at home in Calipari’s six-plus seasons, last doing so Feb. 28 and March 4, 2009 under Billy Gillispie.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Valparaiso Crusaders will cover the spread at +19.5 and the game will go over 152.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Kentucky 85, Valparaiso 76 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
VALPO TEAM KENTY
75.5 PTS FOR 95.1
69.8 PTS AGNST 69.0
5.8 DIFF. 26.1
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 27.9
12.0 OFF REBOUNDS 15.6
41.9 FG% 48.4
81.5 FT% 70.6
5.1 3 POINTERS 7.3
7.9 STEALS 7.9
INJURIES
VALPARAISO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
KENTUCKY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
VALPARAISO
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Valparaiso’s last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
KENTUCKY
Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kentucky’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 7 games at home
Kentucky is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Valparaiso’s Overall Scoring vs Kentucky’s Overall Defense 75.5 152 69.0 127
Valparaiso’s Away Scoring vs Kentucky’s Home Defense 54.0 333 69.0 212
Valparaiso’s Road Rebounds vs Kentucky’s Home Rebounds Allowed 27.0 337 35.9 229
Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs Valparaiso’s Overall Defense 95.1 4 69.8 143
Kentucky’s Home Scoring vs Valparaiso’s Road Defense 92.3 22 76.0 177
Kentucky’s Home Rebounds vs Valparaiso’s Road Rebounds Allowed 41.3 79 40.0 279
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
VALPO 41.9 42.3 -0.4
KENTY 48.4 39.6 8.8
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
VALPO 12.0 26.0 38.0
KENTY 15.6 27.9 43.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
VALPO 11.4 14.0 0.8
KENTY 20.6 11.4 1.8

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