Northern Kentucky vs. Youngstown State - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (7-10) at Northern Kentucky Norse (4-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB)
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to The Bank of Kentucky Center to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins improved to 7-10 (2-2 Horizon) on the season after they defeated the Green Bay Phoenix, 103-93, this past Saturday. The Penguins got a huge game from Cameron Morse and was able to outscore the Phoenix by a 56-48 margin in the 2nd half to secure the victory. Youngstown State shot 50.8% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the win. The Penguins held Green Bay to 40.7% shooting from the field and just 26.7% shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Cameron Morse who had 44 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (18.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.0 spg), Matt Donlan (13.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 77.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing an average of 81.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -6.9 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
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The Northern Kentucky Norse lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-10 (0-3 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Wright State Raiders, 60-46, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky was able to take a 28-27 lead into halftime but struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed the Raiders to outscore them by a 33-18 margin in the 2nd half in the loss. Northern Kentucky shot 41.5% from the field and just 47.1% (8-17) from the FT line. The Norse allowed the Raiders to shoot 44.4% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 13-7 margin. Leading the way for Northern Kentucky was Jalen Billups who had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Norse have been led by Jalen Billups (13.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Lavone Holland II (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg), and Tyler White (10.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg). Offensively, Northern Kentucky is averaging 69.1 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Norse is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 43.9% shooting.
The Penguins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Norse are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Youngstown State has had an interesting start to conference play this season as although they were thoroughly outplayed by Detroit and Milwaukee, the Penguins have been able to defeat two of the better Horizon teams in Oakland and Green Bay. Northern Kentucky is in their first season in the Horizon League and it looks as if it going to be a long one as the Norse has yet to be really competitive in any of their three losses (Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Wright St.). Youngstown State is a team that will continue to push the ball and as they have seem to have success against opponents with sub-average defenses, I think the Penguins should have no problem covering this small road spread against Northern Kentucky.