Youngstown State Penguins (3-0) at Northern Kentucky Norse (2-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm (BB&T Arena)
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and the Northern Kentucky Norse meet in college basketball action from the BB&T Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Youngstown State Penguins will try to remain unbeaten after improving to 3-0 on the yead with an 80-65 win over subdivision West Virginia Tech last time out. Naz Bohannon led the Penguins with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting with a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double while Darius Quisenberry came right behind with 21 points along with a team-high 5 assists. Shemar Rathan-Mayes added 18 points with 4 threes and 4 steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Youngstown State in the winning effort. Bohannon leads the Penguins in scoring and rebounding with an average of 22.5 points and 8 rebounds per game while Rathan-Mayes leads the Penguins in assists with 3.7 helpers per game this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 77 points on 42% shooting from the field, 28% from 3-point range and 64.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61 points on 42.8% shooting from the field and 34.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Northern Kentucky Norse will look to rebound and get back to .500 after falling to 2-3 on the year with a 92-73 loss to Kent State last time out. Trevon Faulkner led the Norse with 28 points on 10 of 20 shooting with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals while David Bohm added 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and Marques Warrick added 11 points with a pair of triples to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for NKU in the defeat. Adrian Nelson also added 8 points with a team-high 14 rebounds while Bryson Langdon dished out a team-high 5 assists. Faulkner leads the Norse in scoring with an average of 17.4 points per game while Nelson leads the Norse in rebounding with 12.4 rebounds per game and Langdon leads Northern Kentucky in the assist department with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northern Kentucky is averaging 70.6 points on 41% shooting from the field, 26.4% from 3-point range and 60.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75 points on 50.2% shooting from the field and 34% from 3-point range this season.
Youngstown State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Northern Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600 while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Youngstown State are tempting as the Penguins have looked pretty good early on and the Norse appear to be struggling on the defensive end. However, we can’t overlook the lack of competition for the Penguins in their first three games against two subdivision opponents and a win over a mediocre at-best Binghamton squad. Northern Kentucky is sure to pose a biggest test on defense than whatever the first three teams did for YSU and I think this is a bounce-back spot for Northern Kentucky to start conference play. I’ll lay the bucket with the Norse here.