Youngstown State Penguins vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (10-9) at Youngstown State Penguins (9-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Center)
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Saturday night.
The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 10-9 (4-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Wright State Raiders 55-50 this past Wednesday. Cleveland State held Wright State to 27.3% (3-11) shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Raiders by a 32-21 margin. Leading the way for the Vikings was Anton Grady who had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland State is ranked 145th in the RPI Standings and has played the 131st ranked SOS. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Trey Lewis (15.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg) and Anton Grady (12.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging 66.2 ppg (ranked 206th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 145th). The Vikings are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 84th) on 37.3% three-point shooting (ranked 60th). Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 ppg (ranked 54th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 153rd). The Vikings average 8.3 spg (ranked 34th) and have a turnover margin of 3.2 (ranked 27th). Cleveland State is grabbing an average of 21.16 defensive rpg (ranked 319th) and 31.63 total rpg (ranked 301st).
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The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 9-11 (0-5 Horizon) after losing 77-62 to the Milwaukee Panthers this past Wednesday. Youngstown State allowed Milwaukee to shoot 62.2% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Penguins was Marcus Keene who had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Youngstown State is ranked 256th in the RPI Standings and has played the 263rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Marcus Keene (16.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg) and Bobby Hain (15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 85th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 138th). The Penguins average 14.9 apg (ranked 59th) and have a 1.33 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 33rd). Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg (ranked 313th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Penguins have a turnover margin of 1.5 (ranked 86th). Youngstown State is averaging 34.95 total rpg (ranked 177th) however, have a rebound margin of -4.0 (ranked 309th).
The Vikings are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. the Horizon League. The Penguins are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss.
Youngstown State has really struggled since the beginning of conference play and I don’t see the match-up against Cleveland State as a practically good one for the Penguins. Youngstown State can only win if that game is a fast-paced, high-offense game and I see Cleveland State’s defense being able to contain the Penguins. I think the Vikings will find success from behind the arc and pull away in the second half of this one. Take Cleveland State to cover.