Youngstown State vs. Detroit - 2/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Titans (7-20) at Youngstown State Penguins (8-20)
College Basketball: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Center)
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins -2.5 -- Over/Under: 166 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Detroit Mercy Titans will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Detroit Mercy Titans lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 7-20 (3-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Cleveland State Vikings, 75-72, this past Wednesday. Detroit Mercy fought back from a 16-point 1st half deficit to take the lead early in the 2nd half, however, couldn’t secure the victory after a 9-4 Vikings run gave Cleveland State 73-67 lead with 0:32 seconds remaining in regulation. Detroit Mercy shot 43.8% from the field and 30.8% (8-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Roschon Prince who had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 78.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Detroit Mercy has been led by Kameron Chatman (17.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Corey Allen (15.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), Jermaine Jackson Jr (11.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Roschon Prince (8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 85.3 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
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The Youngstown State Penguins won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-20 (6-9 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 75-73, this past Wednesday. Youngstown State was down by a 71-64 margin with just 2:48 remaining however, was able to fight back to tie the game late and secured the upset victory after a Garrett Covington put back went down as time expired. Youngstown State shot just 40.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 18-6 margin. Leading the way for the Penguins was Cameron Morse who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Cameron Morse (15.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Braun Hartfield (14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Garrett Covington (8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 spg), and Naz Bohannon (7.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 82.6 ppg on 51.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Titans are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Penguins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Detroit Mercy has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled on the defensive end this season as they Titans currently rank just 347th in scoring defense, 317th in defensive FG%, and 306th in rebound margin. Youngstown State has done a nice job creating turnovers on the defensive end this season, as the Penguins rank 10th in steals per game and 95th in turnover margin, however, the Penguins and their fast-paced tempo has had trouble keeping opponents off the scoreboard as they come into this matchup ranked just 339th in scoring defense. Detroit Mercy is just 1-10 on the road this season as Youngstown State has done nice job picking up conference victories against the weaker teams this season, I’m taking Youngstown State to cover this small spread.