The Valparaiso Beacons (2-2) play the Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-2) at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 on ESPN+.
The Beacons match up against the Leathernecks in a game that Valparaiso is currently a modest favorite by 2.5 points. The game’s over/under is 140.5.
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Odds
Point Spread for Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing Valparaiso as the favorite.
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Valparaiso has -148 odds to pick up the win, while Western Illinois is listed at +124 to claim victory.
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Over/Under
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 140.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
- Arena: Athletics-Recreation Center
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Betting Trends
Against the spread, Valparaiso was 13-18-0 last year. The Beacons won 80% of the games last season in which they were favored on the moneyline (8-2). There were 19 Valparaiso games (out of 32) that hit the over last year.
Against the spread, Western Illinois was 15-12-0 last year. The Leathernecks won five, or 33.3%, of the 15 games they played as underdogs last season. Of Western Illinois’ 30 games last year, 14 went over the total.
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Key Players to Watch
Ben Krikke was tops on his team in both points (19.4) and rebounds (5.9) per contest last year, and also posted 2.1 assists. Defensively, he averaged 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. Kobe King posted 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest last season, shooting 42.7% from the field. Nick Edwards posted a team-high 5.0 assists per game last season. He also put up 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 40.1% from the field. Quinton Green posted 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest last year, shooting 37.7% from the field and 33.2% from beyond the arc with 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest.
Trenton Massner scored 19.0 points and distributed 5.4 assists per game last season. Jesiah West averaged 7.3 boards per game in addition to his 9.7 PPG average. Massner knocked down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.9 per contest a season ago. Massner and West were defensive standouts last season, with Massner averaging 1.6 steals per game and West collecting 1.7 blocks per contest.
What you need to know about the Valparaiso Beacons
The Beacons were 249th in college basketball in points scored (68.9 per game) and 279th in points allowed (73.6) last season. Valparaiso collected 32.5 rebounds per game and conceded 32.8 boards last season, ranking 195th and 224th, respectively, in the nation.
The Beacons averaged 72.5 points per game last season in home games, which was 5.5 more points than they averaged in away games (67.0). Last year Valparaiso was 304th in the nation in 3-point makes (6.2 per game) and eighth-worst in 3-point percentage (29.6%). Valparaiso gave up 7.7 3-pointers per game and conceded 34.0% from beyond the arc last year, ranking 252nd and 194th, respectively, in the nation.
What you need to know about the Western Illinois Leathernecks
The Leathernecks ranked 144th in the country last season with 73.0 points per game. At the other end, they ranked 248th with 72.4 points allowed per game. The Leathernecks averaged 32.3 rebounds per game (208th-ranked in college basketball) last season, while allowing 31.5 rebounds per contest (133rd-ranked).
At home, the Leathernecks scored 80.3 points per game last season, 14.2 more than they averaged on the road (66.1). Western Illinois made 7.0 treys per game (227th-ranked in college basketball). It owned a 32.1% shooting percentage (288th-ranked) from three-point land. The Leathernecks gave up 6.0 threes per game (46th-ranked in college basketball). They allowed opponents to shoot 33.6% (160th-ranked) from three-point land.
Valparaiso vs. Western Illinois Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Valparaiso, and we predict that Valparaiso will cover the spread (Valparaiso -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 140.5 points.
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