Green Bay vs. Youngstown State - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (10-17) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (16-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -14.5-- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel – Wisconsin & Ohio; ESPN College Extra
The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins snapped their four game losing streak to improve to 10-17 (5-9 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 92-91 in double OT, this past Wednesday. Youngstown State used a 7-0 run over the last 1:23 of the 2nd OT to overcome a 91-85 deficit to get the win. Youngstown State shot just 36.1% from the field and 20.0% (5-25) from beyond the arc however, did win the turnover battle by a 17-6 margin. The Penguins allowed the Flames to shoot 43.2% from the field and was outrebounded by UIC by a 60-45 margin. Leading the way for Youngstown State was Cameron Morse who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, the Penguins have been led by Cameron Morse (20.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Matt Donlan (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Bobby Hain (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Youngstown State is averaging 75.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 82.7 ppg on 46.7% shooting. The Penguins have a rebound margin of -8.1 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
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The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 16-11 (8-6 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 70-68, this past Monday. Green Bay was able to get out to a 39-31 halftime lead and although they struggled a bit offensively in the 2nd half, was able hold the Panther scoreless over the find couple minutes to hang on for the win. Green Bay shot 43.5% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Phoenix allowed the Panthers to shoot 44.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-6 margin. Leading the way for Green Bay was Charles Cooper who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Carrington Love (17.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 spg), Charles Cooper (13.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jordan Fouse (11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.2 spg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 85.1 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 82.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -2.4 and have a turnover margin of 4.5.
The Penguins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games following three or more consecutive home games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Phoenix are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
This should be an entertaining game as both of these teams like to score the basketball and play little defense. Youngstown state has struggled a bit lately however, has picked a few big wins in the Horizon including a 103-93 home win over Green Bay early in conference play. Green Bay has one of the better five-tool players in the country in Jordan Fouse and currently ranks 4th in the country in scoring offense and turnover margin. Youngstown state is almost allowing their opponents to average 90.0 ppg when they are on the road and as Green Bay’s defense isn’t anything to write home about, I don’t think they can make the over/under high enough in this one. The over/under has been posted but unless it’s an unreal number, I’m going with the over as this game could possibly reach a total of 200 points.