Youngstown State Penguins (2-3) at Florida International Golden Panthers (4-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Rose Hill Gym)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers -7 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and FIU Golden Panthers will face off in the Johnny Bach Classic at the Rose Hill Gymnasium this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Columbia Lions, 94-83, this past Friday. Youngstown State was down early, however, fought bought to take a 52-45 halftime lead and pulled away after taking an 82-65 lead midway through the 2nd half. Youngstown State allowed Columbia to shot 50.0% from the field, however, the Penguins shot 43.5% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Youngstown State outrebounded Columbia by a 36-35 margin and committed just 8 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Penguins was Kendale Hampton who had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 31 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 80.5 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Kendale Hampton (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Garrett Covington (11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Olamide Pedersen (9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg), and Devin Morgan (8.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 83.3 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
The FIU Golden Panthers improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Columbia Lions, 98-87, last night. FIU was outstanding on the offensive end and pulled away after a 6-0 run gave FIU a 94-85 lead with just :57 seconds left in regulation. FIU shot 49.3% from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Panthers outrebounded Columbia by a 42-39 margin and forced 14 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Golden panthers was Brian Beard Jr. who had a monster game with 26 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Going into their game agianst Columba, FIU was averaging 97.5 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers were averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Devon Andrews (19.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Brian Beard Jr. (18.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.5 apg, 4.0 spg), Marcus Burwell (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Willy Nunez Jr. (10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, FIU was allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 37.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers had a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 10.5.
The Penguins are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Panthers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Horizon League opponents.
Youngstown State has picked up a couple of wins but this going to be a team that once against struggles defensively this season as they already rank just 319th in scoring defense and 310th in defensive FG%. Florida International’s offensive numbers are a little inflated from some easy victories over non D-1 schools to start the season however, this is still a team that as solid offensive backcourt led by Beard Jr. and has gotten some nice production from JC transfer Devon Andrews. FIU does a great job in creating turnovers, which they should get plenty of agianst the Youngstown State offense, and as the Golden Panthers should be able to put up plenty up points on the offensive end, I’m taking FIU to cover this spread.