Cleveland State Vikings vs. Youngstown State Penguins - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (10-15) at Cleveland State Vikings (13-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Wolstein Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins dropped to 10-15 (1-9 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 96-80, this past Sunday. Youngstown State allowed Oakland to shoot 54.8% from the field and 39.3% (11-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Penguins was Bobby Hain who had 26 points and 9 rebounds. Youngstown State is ranked 279th in the RPI Standings and has played the 238th ranked SOS. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Marcus Keene (15.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Bobby Hain (15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 72.4 ppg (ranked 71st) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 137th). The Penguins average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 141st) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23 (ranked 58th). Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg (ranked 335th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 260th). The Penguins average 34.0 total rpg (ranked 208th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 312th).
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The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 13-10 (7-2 Horizon) on the season after upsetting the Green Bay Phoenix, 76-62, this past Saturday. Cleveland State shot 56.8% from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Trey Lewis who had a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Cleveland State is ranked 129th in the RPI Standings and has played the 136th ranked SOS. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Trey Lewis (16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg) and Anton Grady (13.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging 66.7 ppg (ranked 193rd) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 110th). The Vikings average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 95th) on 36.8% three-point shooting (ranked 77th). Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg (ranked 61st) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 146th). The Vikings average 8.3 spg (ranked 25th) and have a turnover margin of 3.0 (ranked 25th).
The Penguins are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Vikings are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win.
Youngstown State once again was able to score plenty however, gave up almost 100 points in another double digit loss. Cleveland State had one of their most impressive games of the season taking down the Horizon favorite Green Bay. This is a lot of points for Cleveland State, however, they have a good enough defensive to slow down the Penguins and I think Trey Lewis and Anton Grady will score enough to cover this large spread. Take Cleveland State to cover.