Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Youngstown State Penguins - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (9-9) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (13-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Sunday night.
The Youngstown State Penguins lost their third straight game and dropped to 9-9 (0-3 Horizon) on the season after losing to the Wright State Raiders 70-61 this past Thursday. The Penguins allowed the Raiders to shot 55.8% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Marcus Keene who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. The Penguins are currently ranked 234th in the RPI Standings and have played the 262nd ranked SOS. On the season, Youngstown State has been led by Marcus Keene (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Bobby Hain (15.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively the Penguins are averaging 72.9 ppg (ranked 71st) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 125th). Youngstown State is averaging 15.2 apg (ranked 48th). Defensively, the Penguins are allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg (ranked 304th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 196th). Youngstown State averages only 2.2 bpg (ranked 313th). The Penguins are grabbing an average of 24.72 defensive rpg (ranked 139th) and 35.72 total rpg (ranked 147th).
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The Green Bay Phoenix won their 4th straight and improved to 13-3 (2-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers 79-63 this past Friday. The Phoenix went on a 21-2 run in the first half that game them a 20 point halftime lead that the Panthers could never come back from. Leading the way for Green Bay was Keifer Sykes who had 34 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Green Bay is currently ranked 68th in the RPI Standings and has played the 234th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (18.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg) and Carrington Love (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 67.9 ppg (ranked 171st) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 51st). The Phoenix only commit an average of 12.2 turnovers per game (ranked 93rd). Defensively, Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 57.6 ppg (ranked 25th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 40th). The Phoenix defend the three-pointer well as teams are only shooting 29.5% against them. Green Bay average 4.9 bpg (ranked 50th) and pull down an average of 25.56 defensive rpg (ranked 88th).
The Penguins are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Phoenix are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Green Bay and Keifer Sykes had it absolutely rolling in the first half of their recent game against Milwaukee. The Phoenix can really get it down on the defensive end of the floor and I think they will actually be able to slow down the high-paced offensive of the Penguins. Green Bay has been solid over the past few weeks and I’m to continue to roll with them. Take Green Bay to cover.