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02/17/2012 06:33 PM


Washington at Utah
The Jazz look to take advantage of a Washington team that is coming off a 102-84 loss to the Clippers and is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games after allowing 100 or more points in the previous game. Utah is the pick (-10) according to Dunkel, which has the Jazz favored by 14 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Utah (-10). Here are all of today's picks


Game 801-802: Milwaukee at Orlando (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee 113.627; Orlando 126.082
Dunkel Line & Total: Orlando by 12 1/2; 186
Vegas Line & Total: Orlando by 7 1/2; 191 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Orlando (-7 1/2); Under

Game 803-804: Dallas at Philadelphia (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 123.019; Philadelphia 122.715
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 185
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 3; 181 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+3); Over

Game 805-806: Charlotte at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 106.534; Toronto 112.423
Dunkel Line & Total: Toronto by 6; 190
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto by 7; 185 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Charlotte (+7); Over

Game 807-808: Miami at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 126.476; Cleveland 114.097
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 12 1/2; 194
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 9 1/2; 198
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-9 1/2); Under

Game 809-810: Sacramento at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento 113.081; Detroit 113.269
Dunkel Line & Total: Even; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 2 1/2; 191 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Sacramento (+2 1/2); Over

Game 811-812: Golden State at Oklahoma City (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Golden State 115.925; Oklahoma City 127.639
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 11 1/2; 202
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 10; 208 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-10); Under

Game 813-814: Minnesota at Houston (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 116.665; Houston 123.283
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 6 1/2; 204
Vegas Line & Total: Houston by 4 1/2; 197
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-4 1/2); Over

Game 815-816: Denver at Memphis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Denver 117.390; Memphis 118.777
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 1 1/2; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Memphis by 3 1/2; 197
Dunkel Pick: Denver (+3 1/2); Under

Game 817-818: New Orleans at New York (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 112.361; New York 120.320
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 7; 192
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 11; 185
Dunkel Pick: New Orleans (+11); Over

Game 819-820: Washington at Utah (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 107.004; Utah 121.602
Dunkel Line & Total: Utah by 14 1/2; 191
Vegas Line & Total: Utah by 10; 196
Dunkel Pick: Utah (-10); Under

Game 821-822: Phoenix at LA Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 114.752; LA Lakers 121.537
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Lakers by 7; 189
Vegas Line & Total: LA Lakers by 8 1/2; 185 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (+8 1/2); Over

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02/17/2012 06:34 PM

Short Sheet

Friday, February 17

MILWAUKEE: 28-14 ATS in road games after playing a game as favorite
ORLANDO: 41-54 ATS after playing a game as favorite

DALLAS: 43-20 ATS after 2 or more consecutive wins
PHILADELPHIA: 13-27 ATS as a home favorite of 6 points or less

CHARLOTTE: 21-35 ATS after 1 or more consecutive unders
TORONTO: 10-2 ATS after having lost 3 of their last 4 games

MIAMI: 18-6 ATS in road games on Friday nights
CLEVELAND: 11-23 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent of 10 points or more

SACRAMENTO: 13-4 UNDER as a road underdog
DETROIT: 39-18 OVER in home games

GOLDEN STATE: 46-76 ATS after 3 or more consecutive unders
OKLAHOMA CITY: 24-11 ATS off a upset loss as a favorite

MINNESOTA: 14-28 ATS after a non-conference game
HOUSTON: 7-0 ATS after 3 or more consecutive unders

DENVER: 29-17 ATS as an underdog
MEMPHIS: 13-4 OVER in home games after covering 3 of their last 4 against the spread

NEW ORLEANS: 0-7 ATS after a non-conference game
NEW YORK: 7-1 ATS in February games

WASHINGTON: 52-38 UNDER as an underdog
UTAH: 24-10 UNDER in home games after 4 or more consecutive unders

PHOENIX: 16-34 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent
LA LAKERS: 29-16 UNDER on Friday nights

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

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02/17/2012 06:36 PM


Anaheim at New Jersey
The Ducks are coming off a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh and look to build on their 4-0 record in their last 4 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game. Anaheim is the pick (+115) according to Dunkel, which has the Ducks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+115). Here are all of today's picks.


Game 1-2: Anaheim at New Jersey (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 12.841; New Jersey 12.039
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+115); Under

Game 3-4: San Jose at Carolina (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Jose 11.982; Carolina 11.119
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: San Jose (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (-120); Over

Game 5-6: Nashville at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 10.777; Detroit 11.858
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-160); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-160); Under

Game 7-8: Montreal at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 11.276; Buffalo 10.039
Dunkel Line & Total: Montreal by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Buffalo (-125); 5
Dunkel Pick: Montreal (+105); Over

Game 9-10: Washington at Florida (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 10.712; Florida 10.867
Dunkel Line & Total: Florida by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Florida (-135); 5
Dunkel Pick: Florida (-135); Under

Game 11-12: Boston at Winnipeg (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 10.211; Winnipeg 11.585
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-165); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+145); Over

Game 13-14: Colorado at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado 11.977; Edmonton 10.822
Dunkel Line & Total: Colorado by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

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02/17/2012 06:37 PM

Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, February 17

Hot teams
-- Ducks won five of their last six games.
-- Hurricanes won three of their last four home games.
-- Red Wings have won an amazing 21 home games in a row.
-- Washington won three of its last four games.

Cold teams
-- New Jersey lost its last three games, scoring five goals.
-- Sharks lost six of their last eight road games.
-- Nashville lost three of its last four games- they scored exactly three goals in each of their last five games.
-- Buffalo lost its last three games, outscored 13-4. Canadiens lost eight of their last twelve road games.
-- Washington lost eight of its last eleven games.
-- Bruins are 0-7 in game following their last seven wins. Jets lost four of their last six home games.
-- Avalanche lost seven of its last nine road games. Edmonton lost three of last four games, but won four of its last five at home.

-- Ten of last twelve Anaheim games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last eight San Jose games went over the total.
-- Under is 9-2 in Detroit's last eleven home gmes.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in Buffalo's last seven home games.
-- Over is 3-1-1 in Washington's last five road games.
-- Over is 10-3-1 in Boston's last fourteen road games.
-- Last six Edmonton games went over the total.

Series records
-- Devils won last two games with Anaheim, 3-1/2-1.
-- Carolina won 5-2 at San Jose in LY's meeting.
-- Red Wings won three of last four games with Nashville.
-- Sabres won their last six games with Montreal.
-- Washington lost four of its last five visits to Miami.
-- Home side won nine of last ten Boston-Winnipeg games.
-- Oilers won three of last four game with Colorado.

-- Sharks are 4-2 on the road if they played the night before.
-- Buffalo is 1-6 at home when it played the night before.
-- Winnipeg is 0-9 when it played the night before.

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02/17/2012 06:38 PM


Friday, February 17

Ice picks: Friday's best NHL bets

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings (-160, 5.5)

So, what’s next for the Detroit Red Wings?

They just set an NHL record with their 21st consecutive victory at home and were in sole possession of first place in the league heading into Thursday night’s action.

Starting goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has been on the shelf since Feb. 2 with a broken finger, is expected to return to action this weekend, but Henrik Zetterberg isn’t expected to play Friday due to a lower-body injury.

Meanwhile, the Predators just snapped a three-game losing skid after coach Barry Trotz sent a message to his club. He kept rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis in the press box Saturday after a couple of shoddy efforts and the kid responded with the game winner in a 3-2 decision over Chicago on Tuesday.

"It's time to show up and play the way we can," Nashville coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "We haven't played as well as we need to, and it starts with everything from focus, to a little more commitment and a little more push. … To me it's a playoff game."

Trotz really has the pulse of his team right now and you know Pekka Rinne can steal a game any day of the week. Call us crazy, but this might be a bit of a letdown spot for the Wings against a persistent Nashville club.

Pick: Nashville

Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils (-135, 5.5)

For the second consecutive season, the Anaheim Ducks are making a desperate push for the playoffs while piling up cash for their supporters along the way.

The Ducks improved to 3-0-1 on their current road trip with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday with Teemu Selanne leading the charge. The 41-year-old scored midway through the third period to snap the tie, pulling even with Brendan Shanahan on the all-time goal list with his 656th career tally.

"This game was huge for us," Selanne told reporters. "We got here at like three in the morning. They came out pretty hard and controlled the first period and then we got into the game. This team is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and even though we got behind we believed we could come back."

That confidence is making a world of difference for the Ducks, who begin the second half of this marathon eight-game road swing at New Jersey.

You have to like how the Devils are playing right now too, but it’s hard to argue the value on an Anaheim bet here.

Pick: Ducks

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02/17/2012 06:41 PM

Lakers favored big over Suns Friday night



Tip-off: Friday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -8, Total: 185½

The Lakers seek their fourth straight home win when they invite the Suns for a visit on Friday night.

Phoenix is in a bit of a funk with three straight losses, but the Suns usually get up for L.A., going 6-3 ATS in the past nine meetings. But the Lakers are 12-2 SU (9-5 ATS) at home this season, allowing a paltry 84.7 PPG. And Phoenix has lost nine of its past 10 trips to Staples Center. Can the Lakers dominate the Suns again? To find out, connect to the NBA Three At Three for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each weekday. NBA Three At Three has been sizzling this week, going 8-4 ATS.

The Suns played very well against Atlanta on Wednesday, making 54% of their shots and winning the rebounding battle 38-33 in a 101-99 loss. Steve Nash led the way with 22 points and 16 assists, as all five starters scored in double figures. Nash is shooting 60% from the floor with 12.9 APG in his past seven games. Grant Hill finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Channing Frye (9.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Hill made just 1-of-12 shots in last month’s 99-83 loss to the Lakers. Marcin Gortat (15.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG) was held to 13 points and six rebounds against the Hawks, making him 9-of-25 FG in his past two games, but he produced 16 points and 12 boards in the most recent meeting with the Lakers. His work on the glass will be key in combating L.A.’s huge frontcourt that leads the NBA with 45.3 RPG and out-rebounded the Suns 49-35 in January. The FoxSheets provide another three-star reason to expect the Suns to keep the score close:

L.A. LAKERS are 5-21 ATS (19.2%, -18.1 Units) after a combined score of 175 points or less over the last 3 seasons. The average score was L.A. LAKERS 97.3, OPPONENT 97.8 - (Rating = 3*).

The L.A. defense was stellar again on Tuesday, holding the Hawks to 78 points on 34% FG. Pau Gasol (20 points, 13 rebounds) and Andrew Bynum (15 points, 15 rebounds) were the stars in that win. Gasol, who has been the subject of trade rumors, has not let the chatter affect his play. He now has seven straight double-doubles with 18.6 PPG and 14.0 RPG during this stretch. Kobe Bryant has been off the mark this month (37% FG, 32% 3-pt FG), including a season-low 10 points on 5-of-18 FG in Tuesday’s win. But Bryant was on fire when he last faced the Suns on Jan. 10, pumping in a season-high 48 points (18-of-31 FG) in the victory. Since the 2005-06 season, Bryant is averaging 31.8 PPG in 24 games versus Phoenix. The FoxSheets have a three-star trend steering bettors away from the Suns:

PHOENIX is 6-23 ATS (20.7%, -19.3 Units) revenging a road loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 94.9, OPPONENT 103.6 - (Rating = 3*).

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02/17/2012 06:42 PM

James and Heat return to Cleveland Friday



Tip-off: Friday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Miami -9½, Total: 198½

LeBron James returns to Cleveland for the first time this season as Miami visits the Cavs on Friday night.

Can the Heat win by double-digits over the pesky Cavaliers? To find out, connect to the NBA Three At Three for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each weekday. NBA Three At Three has been sizzling this week, going 8-4 ATS.

It’s been a heck of a road trip so far for Miami. After dropping the first game in Orlando, they’ve reeled off four wins in a row, SU and ATS, each by 15 points or more. This team is clearly gelling with Dwyane Wade finally back at 100%. Since the Orlando loss they’re winning games by an average score of 108.0 to 90.5, and they’re shooting 49.2% from the field while holding opponents to 39.8% FG. James (28.0 PPG on 54.5% FG, 8.2 RPG, 6.8 APG) is averaging 24.8 PPG on 53.8% FG, 8.0 RPG and 6.3 APG over only 32.3 minutes per game during that span. Wade (21.9 PPG) has added 21.3 PPG on 55.2% shooting in just 26.8 MPG. The limited minutes were because of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch earlier in the week, but after two nights off, the Heat stars should be ready to go 40 minutes.

Obviously, all eyes will be on James, who is playing his third career game as an opponent in Cleveland. He torched the Cavs twice last year, going for 38 points in just 30 minutes in a blowout win in December 2010, then recording a triple-double (27 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) in his return last March. However, Miami dropped that second game, 107-91 at home. The FoxSheets have a three-star trend backing the red-hot Heat:

Play On - Road favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (MIAMI) - good team - outscoring their opponents by 3+ points/game, after scoring 105 points or more 3 straight games. (87-42 since 1996, 67.4%, +40.8 units. Rating = 3*).

The Cavs have done a solid job through the first four games of their homestand, going 2-2 SU and 2-1-1 ATS despite being without PG Kyrie Irving (18.2 PPG on 49.8% shooting) for the first three of those games. With Irving back in the lineup on Wednesday, Cleveland beat the Pacers handily, 98-87, in a game that was never really in doubt. Irving led the way with 22 points on 8-for-12 FG (and 3-for-5 from three) in the win.

After losing Anderson Varejao to a broken wrist, they lost handily to Philadelphia on Saturday but bounced back with a solid win over Indiana on Wednesday. C Semih Erden, Varejao’s replacement, was shut out over 14 minutes in the Philadelphia loss, but bounced back with 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over Indiana. The FoxSheets have a coaching trend siding with the Cavs:

Byron Scott is 25-10 ATS (71.4%, +14.0 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive home games in all games he has coached since 1996. The average score was Scott 97.8, OPPONENT 93.3 - (Rating = 1*).

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02/17/2012 06:44 PM

Knicks go for 8th straight win hosting Hornets


at NEW YORK KNICKS (15-15)

Tip-off: Friday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: New York -10, Total: 184½

The legend of Jeremy Lin continues as the Knicks host another cupcake opponent when New Orleans visits on Friday night.

Since Lin stepped in as their primary point guard two weeks ago, the Knicks are 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS. However, aside from a win over the Lakers (who had played an overtime game in Boston the previous night), the Knicks haven’t really had a challenge during that span. The Hornets actually might be their toughest matchup of the Lin era, as they play an ugly, slow-down style that could keep this game within reach. Can the Knicks keep the win streak alive and cover the huge spread? To find out, connect to the NBA Three At Three for ATS picks covering all the marquee NBA games each weekday. NBA Three At Three has been sizzling this week, going 8-4 ATS.

Despite losing C Emeka Okafor (9.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG) to a knee injury, the Hornets are coming off back-to-back SU wins for the first time since their first two games of the season, and they’re 7-5 ATS (3-9 SU) away from home this year. PG Jarrett Jack (15.2 PPG, 6.7 APG) is also hurting, missing six of the past seven games because of a sore knee. But they held off the Jazz at home on Monday, then they pulled off an upset Wednesday in Milwaukee. C Chris Kaman (10.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG), benched for his lethargic defense for a good chunk of the season, has been a revelation for the scoring-starved Hornets. In those two wins, he averaged 22.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG. But the best argument for a New Orleans cover is that they play the slowest tempo in the NBA. That methodical style will leave less margin for error than usual for the Knicks. This FoxSheets trend also sides with the Hornets:

NEW ORLEANS is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) in road games on Friday nights over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NEW ORLEANS 98.3, OPPONENT 87.7 - (Rating = 2*).

After having to pull out a win late in Toronto, the Knicks had little trouble disposing of the Kings at home on Wednesday. Lin (12.7 PPG), who is averaging 24.4 PPG on 51.2% shooting and 9.1 APG during his magical run, was more of a distributor in that game, handing out 13 assists while scoring 10 points on only six field goal attempts. Lin’s Achilles heel has been turnovers, as he’s averaging 5.3 per game during this seven-game stretch.

PF Amar’e Stoudemire (18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG) is still figuring things out in the Lin Era, as he’s averaging 16.0 PPG on just 39.4% shooting in his first two games back in the lineup since the death of his brother. Carmelo Anthony (22.3 PPG, 39.9% shooting from the field) has really only been effective as an isolation player throughout his career. While he insists otherwise, he and Lin seem unlikely to mesh. This FoxSheets trend thinks the Knicks will win big Friday night:

Play Against - Road underdogs of 10 or more points (NEW ORLEANS) - after failing to cover 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread against opponent hot team - having covered 6 or 7 of their last 8 against the spread. (37-17 over the last 5 seasons.) (68.5%, +18.3 units. Rating = 1*).

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02/17/2012 06:45 PM

Mavs seek 6th straight win visiting Philly



Tip-off: Friday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Philadelphia -3, Total: 179½

The red-hot Mavericks look to extend their win streak to six games when they visit Philadelphia on Friday night.

Dallas will be short-handed for this matchup as a trio of guards -- Jason Terry (quadriceps), Delonte West (finger) and Rodrigue Beaubois (death in family) -- will be sidelined Friday night. These three backcourt players contribute a combined 30.4 PPG and 9.5 APG. This is not good news considering how well the 76ers play defense at Wells Fargo Center, allowing just 83.6 PPG on 41% FG. This commitment on the defensive end has led to a strong 12-6 ATS mark at home. Look for Philly’s deep and talented backcourt to dominate the perimeter and lead PHILADELPHIA to the win and cover on Friday.

The FoxSheets provide a three-star trend supporting the 76ers:

Play On - Home favorites (PHILADELPHIA) - off a road loss by 10 points or more, a good team (60% to 75%) playing a team with a winning record. (55-20 over the last 5 seasons.) (73.3%, +33 units. Rating = 3*).

Dallas is 8-5 ATS on the road, including 5-1 ATS as a road underdog this season. Dirk Nowitzki is finally looking healthy, as he is averaging 23.7 PPG on 51% FG in his past seven games. But the Sixers have done a pretty good job defending him in the past five seasons, limiting Nowitzki to 40% FG (5-for-21 threes) in these 10 meetings. But Nowitzki will benefit from the absence of Philly’s best interior defender, C Spencer Hawes (8.3 RPG, 1.5 BPG), who is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury. Both SG Vince Carter (12.2 PPG, 47% FG in past five games) and SF Shawn Marion (15.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG in past three games) will have to continue their strong play with the depleted Dallas backcourt.

The 76ers have gone 13 straight games without reaching 100 points, but they have really valued the basketball. Their 10.5 turnovers per game are the lowest in NBA history for a single season. Philadelphia is arguably the deepest team in the league with eight players scoring at least 8.9 PPG this season. Andre Iguodala is the team’s best player, with 12.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 5.3 APG this season. But he has shot terribly over his past four games (36.8% FG), and makes just 39.7% FG in 14 career meetings with Dallas. Reserve PG Lou Williams is Philly’s top scorer at 16.1 PPG, and he has played outstanding in the past three contests (21.0 PPG, 5.3 APG). He was just 2-of-11 from the field in two meetings with Dallas last year though.

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02/17/2012 06:49 PM

Valpo, LMU square off in Friday BracketBuster



ESPN BracketBuster Game
Tip-off: Friday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Loyola Marymount -5, Total, 138

While each of these teams enter this game having won five of their past six, it’s Loyola Marymount that’s done it against quality competition: The Lions followed up a road loss on Saturday at Gonzaga with an impressive 15-point upset win at 16th-ranked Saint Mary’s in a game in which they were a 14-point underdog. The pick here, however, is underdog VALPARAISO, which is 7-0 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the past three seasons. Over that same span, Loyola Marymount is 1-9 ATS in home games where the total is 135 to 139.5.

This three-star FoxSheets trend also likes Valpo.

Play Against - A home team (LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT) - in non-conference games, off a road win against a conference rival. (69-28 over the last 5 seasons.) (71.1%, +38.2 units. Rating = 3*).

This marks the first all-time meeting between these two schools. Valparaiso has previously played five current West Coast Conference teams a total of seven times and owns a 5-2 record against league members. The most recent meeting between Valpo and a WCC squad came on Nov. 21, 2008, when the Crusaders lost to San Diego, 73-66, on a neutral court.

Over the past five games, Valpo is shooting a scorching 47.1 percent (48-of-102) from beyond the three-point arc. The Crusaders started the season shooting under 30 percent from long range over the season’s first 10 games, but since is hitting at a 38.4% clip from behind the line. Meanwhile, the team is also extremely proficient from inside the arc, knocking down 55.4% of its tries from two-point range, which is tied for second nationally. Of Valpo’s seven rotation players who have been playing the entire season, all seven are hitting at least half of their two-point attempts. The player who’s been standing out the most recently is junior Richie Edwards, who started his hot stretch with back-to-back, 16-point efforts two weekends ago against Detroit and Wright State. Last Thursday against Cleveland State, Edwards posted a 20-point night, his best effort of the season against a Division I opponent, and then scored 19 points in his first career start at Youngstown State. Last time out, the junior went 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line for a team-best 19 points against Illinois-Chicago.

Loyola Marymount’s win over Saint Mary’s was its third victory in five tries this season against a ranked opponent, and it gave the Lions their most wins in West Coast Conference play since the Elite Eight team in 1989-90, which went 13-1. LMU entered this week ranked 17th nationally in three-point field goal defense and are now holding opponents to 28.8 percent shooting from long range after limiting Saint Mary's to 21.4 percent. The Lions average nearly 71 points per game, led by 16.3 PPG and 5.3 RPG from senior Drew Viney. Sophomore Anthony Ireland adds 15.4 PPG as well, as LMU boasts four players averaging in double figures on the season. The Lions also lead the WCC and rank 45th nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 73.0 percent. Their top six scorers all hit better than 73 percent, including LaRon Armstead's 85.5 percent, which leads the conference and ranks 42nd nationally.

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