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Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State - 1/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State Penguins (2-11) at Cleveland State Vikings (3-10)

College Basketball: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Wolstein Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Youngstown State Penguin will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Monday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 9th straight game and dropped to 2-11 on the season after being defeated by the Indiana Hoosiers, 79-51, this past Friday.  Youngstown State struggled offensively throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after Indiana took a 51-27 lead with 12:34 left in regulation.  Youngstown State shot 33.9% from the field and 8.0% (2-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Penguins was Naz Bohannon who had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assists, and a steal. On the season,  Youngstown State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 28.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively,  Youngstown State has been led by Braun Hartfield (13.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Cameron Morse (13.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Garrett Covington (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Tyree Robinson (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Defensively,  Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 84.4 ppg on 52.6% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

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Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State - 1/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-10 on the season after being defeated by the 2nd ranked Michigan State Spartans, 111-61, this past Friday. Cleveland State had no answers for the Michigan State offense and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 63-25 margin at halftime. Cleveland State allowed Michigan State to shoot 65.1% from the field and 57.7% (15-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Vikings was Bobby Word who had 26 points, 1 rebound, and a steal. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 67.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Kenny Carpenter (12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Tyree Appleby (11.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Bobby Word (10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg), and Anthony Wright (8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -9.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Penguins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Vikings are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Horizon League opponents.

 

Youngstown State has had a tough start to their season and will need to improved their defense that ranks 339th in scoring defense and 351st in defensive FG% if they want to have any success in conference play. Cleveland State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and once against has really struggled on the offensive end this season as they rank T-313th in scoring offense, 227th in FG%, and 303rd in 3P-FG%. Youngstown State can certainly give up a lot of points, however, as I’m not worried that much about the Cleveland State offense, I think that the Penguins will be able to do enough on the road to cover with the points. Take Youngstown State and the points.  

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