Horizon League Final Picks 3/12: Wright State vs. Valparaiso Preview

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Our official Wright State Raiders vs. Valparaiso Crusaders pick is here at Cappers Info, as two great teams get set to square off on the college basketball odds. Join us for all of the great NCAA basketball predictions for what should be another great game on the college basketball schedule tonight!

Horizon League Tournament Final Picks: Wright State Raiders vs. Valparaiso Crusaders
Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 9:00 ET
Location: Athletic Recreations Center, Valparaiso, IN
Wright State vs. Valparaiso Live TV: ESPN

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To beat a good team for a third time in a season is one of the toughest things to do in sports, but that’s what the Crusaders are likely going to have to do if they want to stay in the mix for the NCAA Tournament. If enough goes wrong for the bubble teams next week, perhaps Valpo could dance with a loss in this game, but we doubt it. The Crusaders do a great job of turning on the offensive pressure, and it really seems that every single time they need a bucket, they find one. That’s why this is one of the Top 25 most efficient offenses in the land according to advanced stats. The Crusaders were challenged by the Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix in the Horizon League semifinals, but nothing like the Raiders were against the Detroit Titans. The favored Titans forced a tie in the dying seconds of the game, only to see G Miles Dixon hit a ridiculous off-balanced, practically behind the backboard shot to win the game in regulation. The problem that we have with Wright State is that we never really know who is going to be shooting the rock when push comes to shove. F Cole Darling is a good shooter, but he doesn’t often have the ball in his hands, and none of the guards on this team are averaging even double digits per game. That’s why we think the magic for the Raiders is going to be gone come Tuesday night. Valpo will have had two days off to regroup after the near miss against the Phoenix, and it will comfortably take the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the dance.

Wright State vs. Valparaiso Pick: Valparaiso Crusaders -7.5
Horizon League Tournament Final Predictions: Valparaiso 68 – Wright State 59

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