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Oakland vs. Youngstown State - 1/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State Penguins (5-9) at Oakland Grizzlies (9-5)

College Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)

The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: American Sports Network

The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-9 (0-1 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Detroit Titans, 96-87, this past Saturday. Youngstown State had a 43-37 lead at halftime but struggled defensively in the 2nd half allowing the Titans to score 59 2nd half points in the loss. Youngstown State shot 51.7% from the field and was outrebounded by Detroit by an incredible 53-20 margin. The Penguins allowed the Titans to shoot 47.8% from the field and had 12 steals in the contest. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Matt Donlan who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (15.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.3 spg), Matt Donlan (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 75.1 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field and 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 46.7% shooting. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -6.9 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

Oakland vs. Youngstown State - 1/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies improved to 9-5 (1-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 86-68, this past Saturday. Oakland raced out to a 41-27 halftime lead and never led the Vikings get within 8-points in the 2nd half. Oakland shot 48.2% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc. The Golden Grizzlies held the Vikings to 37.1% shooting from the field and 15.4% (4-26) shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Oakland was Kahlil Felder who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Golden Grizzles have been led by Kahlil Felder (26.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 8.9 apg, 2.1 spg), Percy Gibson (13.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), and Jalen Hayes (11.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 86.1 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Grizzlies average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20. Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 77.9 ppg on 41.0 shooting. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Penguins are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Golden Grizzlies are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.

Youngstown State has only one returning starter from their last year’s 11-win team and continue to struggle on the defensive end as they’ve allowed an average of 96 ppg in their 3-game losing streak. Oakland has one of the best point guards in the country and ranked in the top 10 in the country in scoring offense. The Penguins have kept the last two games close and although Oakland is the far better team here, Youngstown State should be able to score on the Golden Grizzlies defense and keep this on within the number. Take Youngstown State and the points.

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