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Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Youngstown State Penguins - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State Penguins (9-10) at Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (5-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm (UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena)

The Line: Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Wisconsin

The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to take on the Milwaukee Panthers this Wednesday night.

The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-10 (0-4 Horizon) on the season after being defeated 82-67 by the Green Bay Phoenix this past Sunday night. The Penguins were outrebounded by a 51-28 margin and allowed the Phoenix to shoot 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Bobby Hain who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Penguins are currently ranked 236th in the RPI Standings and have played the 229th ranked SOS. On the season, Youngstown State has been led by Marcus Keene (16.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Bobby Hain (15.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, the Penguins have been averaging 72.6 ppg (ranked 73rd) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 132nd). Youngstown State is averaging 15.1 assists per game (ranked 50th) and has a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 26th). Defensively, the Penguins are allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg (ranked 313th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 200th). Youngstown State is averaging 35.32 total rpg (ranked 165th) and have a rebound margin of -4.2 (ranked 310th).

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs. Youngstown State Penguins - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Panthers lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 5-12 (0-3 Horizon) overall after being defeated by the Green Bay Phoenix 79-63 this past Friday. The Panthers allowed the Phoenix to shoot 55.6% from the field and were losing by a 47-27 margin at halftime in the loss. Leading the way for Milwaukee was Steve McWhorter who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Panthers are currently ranked 280th in the RPI Standings and have played the 128th ranked SOS. On the season, Milwaukee has been led by Steve McWhorter (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Matt Tiby (11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 63.5 ppg (ranked 275th) on 40.4% (ranked 290th). Milwaukee is averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 144th) and shoot 72.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 70th). Defensively, the Panthers are allowing their opponents to score an average of 72.6 ppg (ranked 307th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 315th). Milwaukee is averaging 23.53 defensive rpg (ranked 193rd) and 33.0 total rpg (ranked 256th).

The Penguins are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games following a double-digit loss at home however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Both Youngstown State and Milwaukee are looking for their first Horizon wins on the season. Youngstown State will try to keep this game up-tempo and try to run Milwaukee right off their own court, however, I really liked the effort that Milwaukee demonstrated in the second half against Green Bay and I think they’ll care of business at home against one of other weaker teams of the Horizon. I’m probably going to stay away from this one, but if I was going to put something down, I’d take Milwaukee to cover this small spread. 

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Milwaukee Panthers -1.5

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