Oakland Grizzlies vs. Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (7-12) at Oakland Grizzlies (7-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: My 20 Detroit / ESPN 3
The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-12 (2-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Wright St. Raiders 67-41 this past Tuesday. Milwaukee held Wright St. to 27.5% shooting from the field and Outrebounded the Raiders by a 47-19 margin. Leading the way for the Panthers was Akeem Springs who had 9 points and 13 rebounds. Milwaukee is ranked 272nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 162nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Steve McWhorter (14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg) and Matt Tiby (11.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 64.4 ppg (ranked 250th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 256th). The Panthers are shooting 72.7% from the free-throw line (ranked 59th) however, have a turnover margin of -3.0 (ranked 321st). Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg (ranked 275th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 294th). The Panthers average just 4.6 spg (ranked 321st) and grab 33.47 total rpg (ranked 234th).
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies improved to 7-12 (2-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Albion Britons 83-68 this past Sunday. Oakland shot 60.4% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Golden Grizzlies were led by Corey Petros who had 19 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. Oakland is ranked 177th in the RPI Standings and has played the 36th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Grizzlies have been led by Kahlil Felder (16.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 7.4 apg, 2.2 spg) and Corey Petros (13.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Oakland is averaging 71.9 ppg (ranked 82nd) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 93rd). The Golden Grizzlies average 7.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 52nd) and 15.5 apg (ranked 32nd). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg (ranked 339th) on 47.2% shooting (ranked 327th). The Golden Grizzlies have a turnover margin of -2.6 (ranked 313th) and a rebound margin of -0.9 (ranked 236th).
The Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. the Horizon League however, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Golden Grizzlies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Milwaukee has played well in their last two games at home, but have been absolutely dreadful on the road this season. Oakland struggles on the defensive end however, have one of the better offensives in the Horizon in which Milwaukee should struggle against. Although the records are similar, Oakland played a very difficult non-conference schedule and is the better team in this one. I think Oakland pulls away in the second half and wins this by double-digits. Take Oakland to cover.