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Youngstown State vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (8-7) at Youngstown State Penguins (3-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Youngstown State Penguins and Milwaukee Panthers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Beeghly Center.

The Milwaukee Panthers look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Milwaukee Panthers are averaging 68.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Brock Stull is averaging 14.8 points and 2.7 assists while Jeremiah Bell is averaging 11.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. Brett Prahl is dishing 1.2 assists and Bryce Nze is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Milwaukee Panthers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.1 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Panthers are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Panthers have split their last six road games.

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Youngstown State vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins could use a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Youngstown State Penguins are averaging 68.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 87.1 points on 54 percent shooting. Braun Hartfield is averaging 14.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while Cameron Morse is averaging 13 points and 4.1 assists. Tyree Robinson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds and Garrett Covington is dishing 1.3 assists. The Youngstown State Penguins are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 58 percent from the free throw line. The Youngstown State Penguins are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Youngstown State Penguins have won two of their last three home games.

The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win, 44-20-5 ATS in their last 69 Thursday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Penguins are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Horizon League and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Youngstown St., 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.

Neither one of these teams have been lighting it up this season, so I don't understand such a big line. Yes, Youngstown State is one of the worst defensive teams in college basketball, but let's not forget they've spent much of the season on the road playing teams such as Indiana, Utah State, Butler, DePaul and other clubs out of its league. I'm not laying this number with Milwaukee on the road. If forced to pick this game, I'm on the points and the home team.

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