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Youngstown State vs. Wright State - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wright State Raiders (17-12) at Youngstown State Penguins (10-19)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:45 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3, ESPN College Extra

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

The Wright State Raiders improved to 17-12 (11-5 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Northern Kentucky Norse, 67-64, this past Saturday. Wright State was able to get a 37-32 halftime lead and didn’t allowed the Norse to gain the lead throughout the 2nd half. Wright State shot 46.0% from the field and outrebounded Northern Kentucky by a 32-23 margin. The Raiders held the Norse to 40.5% shooting from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Raiders was Joe Thomasson who had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, the Raiders have been led by JT Yoho (12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg), Mark Alstork (12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Joe Thomasson (10.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, Wright State is averaging 68.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Raiders average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to average 66.3 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Raiders have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

Youngstown State vs. Wright State - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-19 (5-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Milwaukee Panthers, 87-51, this past Monday. The usual high-scoring Penguins offense couldn’t find any rhythm against the Panthers and was outscored by Milwaukee by a 50-23 margin in the 2nd half in the loss. Youngstown State shot just 30.5% from the field and 13.6% (3-22) form beyond the arc. The Penguins allowed the Panthers to shoot 45.3% from the field and was outrebounded by Milwaukee by a 44-28 margin. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Matt Donlan who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (19.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Matt Donlan (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 75.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 83.7 ppg on 46.9% shooting. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -8.4 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Raiders are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games following a ATS loss and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Penguins are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games.

Wright State has been one of the better teams in the Horizon this season and are led by their strong defense that ranks 47th in the country in scoring defense. Youngstown State has really struggled in their last two games as they’ve been outscored by Green Bay and Milwaukee by a combined 53 points. Wright State is the only team that has been able to defeat Horizon favorite, Valparaiso, this season however, as their play has been extremely inconsistent as of late, I think Youngstown State will be able to do enough on the offensive end to keep this one within the large number at home. Take Youngstown State to cover.   

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