Youngstown State vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 3/3/20 Horizon League First Round College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (12-18) at Youngstown State Penguins (17-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Physical Education Center)
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins -6 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Milwaukee Panthers and the Youngstown State Penguins meet in Horizon League tournament action in a college basketball matchup from the Beeghly Center on Tuesday night.
The Milwaukee Panthers come into the conference tournament as the #8 seed, finishing the year with an overall mark of 12-18, including 7-11 in conference play to finish tied for 7th, but losing out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Cleveland State for the 7th seed in the tourney. Darius Roy leads Milwaukee in scoring with 15.6 PPG while Te’Jon Lucas is 2nd with 14.6 PPG and 5 APG. DeAndre Abram has 10.3 PPG and a team-high 6.3 RPG while Josh Thomas is right behind with 10.2 PPG this season. As a team, Milwaukee is averaging 72 points on 41.4% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73 points on 43.7% shooting from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range this season.
The Youngstown State Penguins come into the conference tournament as the #5 seed, sitting at 10-8 in conference play as part of a 17-14 overall record, losing out on the #4 seed after a tiebreaker with UIC. Darius Quisenberry leads Youngstown State in scoring and assists with 16.9 PPG and 4.2 APG while Naz Bohannon is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 8.8 RPG this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 73.5 points on 42.4% shooting from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range and 68.9% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 71.8 points on 44.2% shooting from the floor and 34.9% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I think if this game was on a neutral floor, you could make a case for Milwaukee and the points, but Youngstown State played pretty well at home this season and the Panthers just looked like they were running out of gas down the stretch at the worst time. I’ll just lay the buckets with Youngstown State here and not think too much about it.