Today’s free play is on a Sunday college basketball game.

721 BALL STATE at 722 VALPARAISO

Take: VALPARAISO -10

I was very impressed with the Crusaders in a win here in Las Vegas earlier this week against BYU. Valpo beat BYU at the Cougars pace and even though that game was on a neutral court, I would almost have called it a home/neutral for BYU as they have a big following in Las Vegas.

There’s a revenge motive here for Valpo and actually the circumstances are similar to last season. The Crusaders were heading back to Indiana after a two-game trip to face Oregon and Oregon State, and they got ambushed by the Cardinals.

Ball State has had some trouble in the early going. The Cardinals are losing the turnover battles by a substantial margin, and they simply aren’t going to stay with Valpo if the Crusaders get a handful of extra possessions. The home team doesn’t figure to take this for granted after last year’s result, and I think the Crusaders have too many weapons for this to stay close for 40 minutes. I’ll go ahead and give the points with Valparaiso.

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