Youngstown State Penguins vs. Wright State Raiders - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (9-7) at Youngstown State Penguins (9-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Center)
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Thursday night.
The Wright State Raiders fell to 9-7 (1-1 Horizon) on the season after losing 79-55 to the Green Bay Phoenix this past Monday. The Raiders were outrebounded by a 47-29 margin and only shot 31.3% from the floor in the loss. Leading the way for Wright State was JT Yoho who had 13 points and 3 rebounds. The Raiders are currently ranked 89th in the RPI Standings and have played the 61st ranked SOS. On the season, Wright State have been led by JT Yoho (16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Joe Thomasson (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, the Raiders are averaging 67.6 ppg (ranked 178th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 174th). Wright State is averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 104th) on 33.2% three-point shooting (ranked 198th). Defensively, the Raiders are allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg (ranked 231st) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 281st). Wright State is averaging 22.5 defensive rpg (ranked 271th) and 30.88 total rpg (ranked 317th).
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The Youngstown State Penguins fell to 9-8 (0-2 Horizon) after losing 79-64 to the Valparaiso Crusaders this past Sunday. The Penguins were outrebounded by a 58-38 margin in the loss. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Bobby Hain who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the loss. Youngstown State is currently ranked 208th in the RPI Standings and has played the 260th ranked SOS. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Marcus Keene (16.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg) and Bobby Hain (15.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Youngstown State is averaging 73.6 ppg (ranked 56th) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 100th). The Penguins have a 1.39 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 23rd in the country. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to score an average of 72.5 ppg (ranked 308th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 176th). The Penguins currently are averaging just 2.3 bpg (ranked 302nd) and 5.6 spg (ranked 266th).
The Raiders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Penguins are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss and just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Wright State came out the gates playing well against Green Bay, however struggled from the floor the entire second half as Green Bay pulled away. Youngstown State hung around a bit with Valparaiso however, once again, their defensive couldn’t find enough stops to keep them in the game. This is a tough one to call, but I’m going to roll with Wright State in this one as I think their offensive will get back on track and do enough to win a close game. Take Wright State to cover.