Youngstown State vs. Detroit - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Titans (11-11) at Youngstown State Penguins (9-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Beeghly Center)
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3, ESPN College Extra
The Detroit Titans will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Detroit Titans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-11 (5-6 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 71-63, this past Thursday. Detroit had a 33-31 lead at halftime and used got a multiple three-pointers by Chris Jenkins to build a double-digit lead in the 2nd half and get the victory. Detroit shot 49.0% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc. The Titans held the Vikings to 15.0% (3-20) shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded Cleveland State by a 39-27 margin. Leading the way for Detroit was Chris Jenkins who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Titans have been led by Paris Bass (16.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.5 bpg), Anton Wilson (14.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Chris Jenkins (13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Detroit is averaging 83.8 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field and 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Titans average 8.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92. Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 82.9 ppg on 46.3% shooting. The Titans average 4.5 blocks per game and 6.7 steals per game.
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The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 9-15 (4-7 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 107-85, this past Thursday. Youngstown State was able to pull off the upset against Oakland earlier in the season but had no answers for the Golden Grizzlies on the defensive end in this one. Youngstown State shot 46.7% from the field and 50.0% (5-10) from beyond the arc. The Penguins allowed the Golden Grizzlies to shoot 53.4% from the field was outrebounded by Oakland, by a 46-29 margin. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Cameron Morse who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (19.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Matt Donlan (13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 75.0 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.0 three-pointers and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 82.7 ppg on 46.6% shooting. The Penguins average 7.3 steals per game and have a rebound margin of -8.7.
The Titans are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Penguins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Both of these teams can put points on the board however, they also have two of the worst defenses in the country when it comes to scoring defense as Detroit ranks 338th in scoring in the country and Youngstown State ranks 335th. Detroit has been a bit more consistent on the offense end this season but Youngstown State has picked a few wins against other weak defense teams in Oakland and Green Bay and I think the Penguins will be able to do enough on their home court to keep this one within the number. Take Youngstown State to cover.