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Detroit vs. Youngstown State - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State Penguins (5-12) at Detroit Titans (5-13)

College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Calihan Hall)

The Line: Detroit Titans -4 -- Over/Under: 168 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Over at Calihan Hall on Friday, the Youngstown State Penguins and the Detroit Titans will be matching up on the college basketball circuit. 

Youngstown State comes into this one at 5-12 on the season. The Penguins had a three-game win streak going but fell in their last game to Oakland. In that one, Youngstown State’s Cameron Morse and Jeremiah Ferguson each had 21 points. 

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Detroit vs. Youngstown State - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Morse leads the Penguins in scoring this year with 14.5 PPG and 4.2 APG, right alongside Braun Hartfield with 14.5 PPG and 3.6 RPG. They’re the only Youngstown State players in double-digit scoring, and Naz Bohannon leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 RPG. 

Over on the Detroit Mercy side, they’re sitting at 5-13 this year. The Titans had an 11-game losing streak going but beat Cleveland State in their last outing. In that game, Detroit’s Corey Allen put up 25 points. 

Tops in scoring for Detroit Mercy this year is Kameron Chatman with 18.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Titans are Allen (15.8 PPG) and Jermaine Jackson (11.3 PPG; 3.3 APG; 3.3 RPG). 

Youngstown State is 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the Horizon League. The Penguins are also 6-2 ATS in the last eight road games versus a team with a losing home record and the over is 10-2 in their last 12 Friday games. 

Meanwhile, the Titans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win. Detroit Mercy is also 2-7 ATS in their last nine Friday games and the under is 5-1 in the Titans’ last six home games. 

Youngstown State was in a really bad way last month, not getting anywhere close in games during that big losing streak. The Penguins showed some spark early this year, but got back to it in the Oakland game. As for Detroit, they had a sizable losing streak themselves, and on the whole seemed to be sticking around in games better than the Penguins. Given their superior scoring capabilities, I like Detroit Mercy here.

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