Holiday Hoops Showdown: Samford Seeks 10th Straight Win Against Struggling Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, 19 December 2023, IN – It’s a battle of contrasting fortunes at Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday afternoon as the red-hot Samford Bulldogs (9-2) take on the slumping Valparaiso Beacons (4-7) in a holiday clash.

Samford comes roaring into the matchup on a nine-game winning streak, their confidence soaring after a thrilling 99-93 victory over Belmont on Saturday. Achor Achor and Riley Allenspach led the charge for the Bulldogs, showcasing the team’s depth and firepower. Their potent offense, averaging 90.8 points per game, makes them a force to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile, Valparaiso faces a mountain to climb. Five straight losses, capped by a heartbreaking 63-62 defeat to Chicago State, have dampened their spirits. Despite their struggles, the Beacons hold a historical edge at home on Tuesdays, having won 5 of their last 7 clashes on that day. Jahari Williamson’s consistent scoring (20 points against Chicago State) offers a beacon of hope for the home team.

Spread and Predictions:

SportsLine’s advanced college basketball model, on a hot streak with top-rated picks, sees a low-scoring affair brewing. They favor the Under on the 156.5-point total, and their point-spread pick, available exclusively on SportsLine, boasts a strong winning percentage in simulations.

Key Stats:

  • Samford: 9-2 overall, 0-2 away; 9-game winning streak; 90.8 points per game.
  • Valparaiso: 4-7 overall, 4-3 home; 5-straight losses; 5-2 in last 7 home Tuesdays.

Don’t miss out! Head to SportsLine for the model’s in-depth analysis and their must-see point-spread pick for this pivotal matchup. Will Samford extend their streak or will Valparaiso find redemption on home turf? Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to find out!

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