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Youngstown State vs Niagara 11/21/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets and Odds

Niagara Purple Eagles (1-3) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (2-2)
November 21, 2021 3:45 pm EDT
The Line: Youngstown State Penguins +1.5/ Niagara Purple Eagles -1.5; Over/Under: 136
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The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Youngstown State Penguins meet in college basketball action from the Beeghly Center on Sunday.

The Niagara Purple Eagles will be looking to rebound from a 76-67 loss to St. Thomas in their last game. Marcus Hammond leads Niagara with 20 PPG along with 4.3 RPG and 2.5 APG as the lone double-digit scorer for Niagara through four games this season. Sam Iorio has 9.3 PPG with 4 RPG while Jordan Cintron has a team-high 4.5 RPG and Noah Thomassion has 8.8 PPG with a team-high 3 APG this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 67.8 PPG on 45.2% shooting from the field, 41.9% from three and 82% from the foul line while allowing 70.8 PPG on 43.2% shooting from the field and 35.2% from three this season.

The Youngstown State Penguins will look to bounce back from a 69-66 loss to SIU-Edwardsville last time out. Michael Akuchie leads the Penguins in scoring and rebounding with 19 PPG and 8 RPG while Garrett Covington and Tevin Olison each have 14.5 PPG with Covington logging 7.5 RPG. Shemar Rathan-Mayes has 12.5 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Youngstown State while Luke Chicone has a team-high 3 APG this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 75.3 PPG on 48% shooting from the field, 37.5% from three and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing 74.5 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field and 41.2% from three this season.

Niagara is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss and 7-1-1 ATS in tehir last 9 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite. Youngstown State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

Both of these teams have played fairly tough schedules respectively overall, but I’m leaning towards Niagara here as the Purple Eagles have been the much stronger cover team dating back to last season. Youngstown State will compete and I think this will be close, but in the end I look for a Niagara win and cover here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Niagara -1.5

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