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Youngstown State vs. Wisc-Milwaukee - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (10-5) at Youngstown State Penguins (6-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3; ESPN College Extra

The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Milwaukee Panthers improved to 10-5 (1-1 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Northern Kentucky Norse, 76-67, this past Monday. Milwaukee used a 15-6 run over the last five minutes of the game to pull away from the Norse and secure the victory. Milwaukee shot 46.2% from the field and 76.7% (23-30) from the FT line. The Panthers held the Norse to 37.5% shooting from the field and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Milwaukee was Jordan Johnson who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Milwaukee has been led by Matt Tiby (15.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Akeem Springs (13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Austin Arians (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensviely, Milwaukee is averaging 79.7 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 44.2% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

Youngstown State vs. Wisc-Milwaukee - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 6-9 (1-1 Horizon) on the season after a surprising, 100-98, victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this past Monday. In a game that featured very little defense, Youngstown State got a key tip-in layup by Jorden Kaufman with just a second remaining to secure the win. Youngstown State shot 42.4% from the field and an impressive 50.0% (16-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Penguins allowed the Golden Grizzlies to shoot 46.6% from the field and 48.1% (13-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Jorden Kaufman who had a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 assist. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (16.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg), Matt Donlan (13.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 76.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.31. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 80.9 ppg on 46.6% shooting. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -6.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Panthers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Penguins are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games following three or more consecutive road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

This should be a high-scoring matchup as both Milwaukee and Youngstown State have struggled on the defensive end this season. Milwaukee had an impressive win against Wisconsin on the road earlier this season and looks to be one of the better Horizon teams this season led by big-man Matt Tiby. Youngstown State had a lot turnover in their roster in the off-season but still plays at a fast pace, and can do some damage from beyond the arc. I think Milwaukee is the better team here, but Youngstown State should be playing with a ton of confidence after beating Oakland on the road and I think this one comes down to the wire tonight. I’m taking Youngstown State and the points.

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