Youngstown State Penguins (5-4) at Wright State Raiders (7-2)
College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
The Line: Wright State Raiders -13.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and the Wright State Raiders meet in Horizon League college basketball action from the Nutter Center on Friday night.
The Youngstown State Penguins come into this game looking to add to their current 6-4 overall record after a 109-56 beating of subdivision Carlow University last time out. Naz Bohannon leads the Penguins in scoring with 18 PPG along with a team-high 8.4 RPG while Darius Quisenberry is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 13.7 PPG and 3.3 APG and Shemar Rathan-Mayes has 12 PPG. Garrett Covington is chipping in 10 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Youngstown State this season. Michael Akuchie also has 9.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 77 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 29.8% from 3-point range and 67.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.2 PPG on 45.4% shooting from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Wright State Raiders will look to bounce back after an 81-71 loss to Oakland last time out as 11-point favorites. Tanner Holden leads the Raiders in scoring and is 2nd in rebounding with 16.3 PPG while Loudon Love is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 15.4 PPG and 11.6 RPG this season. Grant Basile has 12.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG to sit in 3rd while Jaylon Hall and Trey Calvin are each logging 10+ PPG and 3+ APG this season. As a team, Wright State is averaging 79.6 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field, 33.2% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.4 PPG on 38% shooting from the field and 28.5% from 3-point range this season.
Youngstown State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Wright State is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I get Wright State being favored at home as the Raiders have been one of the Horizon League’s best for some time now, but the issue this seaso is that they’re not covering a lot of these big numbers. Youngstown State hasn’t had the toughest schedule, but the Penguins have four double-digit scorers and could hang with Wright State here. I think bottom line is that Wright State’s not in a position to lay these kinds of numbers. I’ll back the Penguins and take the points here.