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Oakland Grizzlies vs. Youngstown State Penguins Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

Youngstown State Penguins (13-9) at Oakland Grizzlies (8-14)

College Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center)

The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: Youngstown State and Oakland both look to string together conference wins when they face off at Athletic s Center O’rena Friday.

The Breakdown: The Penguins improved to 4-3 for 5th place in the Horizon following their 68-67 victory over Wright State Saturday. Youngstown State connected on 23 of 46 from the field and 5 of 16 from outside the arc while allowing the Raiders to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from distance.  Senior G Kendrick Perry and sophomore F Ryan Weber each scored a game-high 18 points, while senior F Kamren Belin added 15 points and 5 rebounds. The Penguins forced 14 turnovers and converted 17 of 22 from the free throw line. On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 78.8 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting. Perry leads the team with 20.8 ppg, followed by Belin at 11.9 ppg.

Oakland Grizzlies vs. Youngstown State Penguins Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/31/14

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Meanwhile, Oakland sits in 6th place in the conference at a record of 3-4, lifted to 76-75 victory over Illinois-Chicago Saturday by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from senior F Duke Mondy. The Golden Grizzlies were outshot from the field 56.0 percent to 47.4 percent and from distance 50.0 percent to 30.4 percent, but forced 22 turnovers, four of which came in the last six minutes and led to eight points. Freshman G Khalil Felder scored a game-high 21 points and 9 assists, senior G Travis Bader had 19 points, and junior C Corey Petros and Mondy added 11 points apiece. Through 22 games, Oakland is averaging 73.5 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting. Bader leads the team with 19.1 ppg, followed by Petros at 14.0.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3.5 for Oakland. This is the first meeting between these two this season and as far as common opponents, there’s not that much to drawn on. The Golden Grizzlies did play a much tougher nonconference schedule and therefore have better losses, most notably a narrow 67-63 loss to then #5 Michigan State last month. Look for Oakland to cover.

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