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Youngstown State vs. Wisc-Green Bay - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (10-5) at Youngstown State Penguins (6-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +6.5 -- Over/Under: 169.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3, ESPN College Extra

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

The Green Bay Phoenix won their 4th straight game and improved 10-5 (3-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings,87-67, this past Thursday. Green Bay went down by a 15-2 margin early in this one but was able to gain a 41-30 halftime lead and was just too strong offensively for the Vikings in the 2nd half in the victory. Green Bay was outstanding offensively as they shot 51.7% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc. The Phoenix allowed Cleveland State to shoot 46.4% from the field and forced the Vikings to commit 23 turnovers. Leading the way for Green Bay was Jordan Fouse who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Carrington Love (18.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.5 spg), Jordan Fouse (11.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.4 spg), and Charles Cooper (10.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 84.0 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 6.7 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.09. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Phoenix average 10.6 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 6.4.

Youngstown State vs. Wisc-Green Bay - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins dropped to 6-10 (1-2 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Milwaukee Panthers, 81-65, this past Thursday. Youngstown State struggled in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after being down by a 45-28 margin at halftime. Youngstown State shot 42.3% shooting from the field and 41.2% (7-17) shooting form beyond the arc. The Penguins allowed the Panthers to shoot 50.0 from the field and was outrebounded by Milwaukee by a 37-24 margin. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Francisco Santiago who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (16.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg), Matt Donlan (13.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 76.1 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.4 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 46.8% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -6.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Phoenix are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Penguins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss however, just 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.

Green Bay has been outstanding during their four game win streak as during the streak they are averaging 81.75 ppg. Youngstown State picked up a big road win against Oakland earlier on in the week but couldn’t string back to back wins together as they got thoroughly outplayed by Milwaukee. Both of these defenses can struggle so I expect a high scoring game in this one and my play is actually going to be on the over in this one. 

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Over 169.5

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