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Youngstown State Penguins vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (19-5) at Youngstown State Penguins (10-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 19-5 (8-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 81-70, this past Thursday. Green Bay shot 55.2% from the field and 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Alfonzo McKinnie who had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 block. Green Bay is ranked 55th in the RPI Standings and has played the 190th ranked SOS. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Keifer Sykes (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Greg Mays (11.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Green Bay is averaging 68.7 ppg (ranked 143rd) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 47th). The Phoenix average 12.2 turnovers per game (ranked 118th) and 13.5 apg (ranked 118th).  Green Bay is holding their opponents to an average of 59.6 ppg (ranked 26th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 64th). The Phoenix are pulling down 36.21 total rpg (ranked 92nd) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 84th).

Youngstown State Penguins vs. Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins dropped to 10-16 (1-10 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland State Vikings, 73-60, this past Wednesday. Youngstown State shot 43.6% from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Penguins was Shawn Amiker who had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 steal. Youngstown State is ranked 281st in the RPI Standings and has played the 224th ranked SOS. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Marcus Keene (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Bobby Hain (15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Youngstown State is averaging 71.9 (ranked 76th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 137th). The Penguins average 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 150th) on 36.0% three-point shooting (ranked 99th).  Youngstown State is holding their opponents to an average of 74.5 ppg (ranked 332nd) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 256th). The Penguins pull down just 33.88 total rpg (ranked 210th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 314th).

The Phoenix are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.  The Penguins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

The Horizon is a strong conference this year and Green Bay is arguably the team favored to win the automatic bid. Youngstown State has really struggled as they've lost 10 of their last 11 games and they have had major issues stopping anyone on the defensive end. Green Bay has the best player in the conference in Keifer Sykes and I feel that their defensive will be able to at least slow down the Youngstown State offensive enough so they can cover this large spread. Take Green Bay to cover in this one. 

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Green Bay Phoenix -10.5

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