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Youngstown State vs Cleveland State 12/29/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Cleveland State Vikings (7-6) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (9-4)
December 29, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins -7.5 / Cleveland State Vikings +7.5; Over/Under: +141.5
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The Cleveland State Vikings and the Youngstown State Penguins meet Thursday in college basketball action from Beeghly Center. Cleveland State is 7-6 overall this year. The Vikings beat Mount St. Joseph in their last game. As for Youngstown State, they’re coming in at 9-4 after a win over Central Michigan. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Cleveland State lost their first three games this year to Notre Dame OH, Cincinnati and Ohio then hit a six-game win streak. The Vikings would then lose three straight to St. Bonaventure, Kent State and LMU before another win over Mount St. Joseph. 

Matched up against Mount St. Joseph last Wednesday, Cleveland State posted a 40-21 advantage in the first half. The Vikings cruised on 38 more points and won 78-48. Drew Lowder led the team on 18 points with two rebounds. 

Over on the Youngstown State side, they managed a 4-2 run in their first six games with losses to Notre Dame and Navy. The Penguins are 5-2 since then with wins over Western Illinois, Wright State, Westminster PA, Southern U and Central Michigan. 

Last Wednesday versus Central Michigan, the Penguins scored 41 points in the first half and 35 more in the second to power out a 76-65 win. Dwayne Cohill led the team on 26 points, and Malek Green posted 16 points. 

PICK: I’ll probably take a stab on Youngstown State here. You could also probably make a case either way, however. That said, the Penguins are on a nice scoring run lately, hitting 73 or more points in seven straight games. Youngstown State has also given up sizable points totals to competent teams in that time, so we could have a high-scoring affair in this one. Cleveland State had a three-game stretch this month where they failed to hit 60 points in each outing, but I think they’ll be fairly competitive in this one. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Youngstown State Penguins -7.5

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