IUPUI vs. Youngstown State - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (6-20) at IUPUI Jaguars (8-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
The Line: IUPUI Jaguars -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum to take on the IUPUI Jaguars this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 6-20 (4-9 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the UIC Flames, 100-75, this past Thursday. Youngstown State struggled on both sides of the ball against UIC and couldn’t fight back after a 11-4 Flames run gave UIC a 58-38 lead with 16:36 left in regulation. Youngstown State allowed UIC to shoot 52.4% from the field while the Penguins shot just 37.3% from the field and 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Penguins was Cameron Morse who had 26 points, 5 assists, and a rebound. On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 75.0 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Braun Hartfield (14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Cameron Morse (14.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Garrett Covington (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Naz Bohannon (7.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 83.0 ppg on 51.5% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
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The IUPUI Jaguars snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 8-16 (5-8 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 78-73, this past Thursday. IUPUI was outstanding on the offensive end and held off a late Cleveland State charge after taking a 62-45 lead with 11:21 left in regulation. IUPUI shot 59.1% from the field and outrebounded Cleveland State by a 29-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Jaguars was T.J. Henderson who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, IUPUI is averaging 68.3 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, IUPUI has been led by Aaron Brennan (12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Ron Patterson (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), T.J. Henderson (10.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and D.J. McCall (6.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 spg). Defensively, IUPUI is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Penguins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % greater than .600 and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 21-43 ATS in their last 64 home games and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
Youngstown State has lost 9 of their last 10 games, however, that victory was a solid 85-62 victory at home against IUPUI. The Penguins rank 147th in scoring offense, however, Youngstown State has really struggled defensively this season as they come into this matchup ranked just 340th in scoring defense and 351st in defensive FG%. IUPUI ranks just 294th in scoring offense, 214th in scoring defense, and 333rd in defensive FG%, however, the Jaguars have been solid at home in conference play, winning their last 4 home games. IUPUI has been good at home, however, I think the Youngstown State offense will be able to find some success against the IUPUI defense in this one and I’m going to roll with Youngstown State and the points in this one.