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Wright State vs. Youngstown State - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Youngstown State at Wright State
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Nutter Center
Dayton, OH
The Line
Wright State Raiders -12 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPN 3
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The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Youngstown State Penguins had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-17 (8-8 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Kentucky Norse, 76-69, this past Thursday. Youngstown State was able to fight back from a double-digit deficit in the 1st half to make it competitive game late, however, couldn’t pull off the upset victory after a 9-0 Norse run gave Northern Kentucky a 72-64 lead with just :40 seconds left in regulation. Youngstown allowed Northern Kentucky to shoot 51.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Norse by a 33-26 margin. Leading the way for the Penguins was Naz Bohannon who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block.

On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 75.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Darius Quisenberry (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Garrett Covington (10.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Devin Morgan (9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Naz Bohannon (7.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.1 apg).

Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Wright State Raiders won their 5th straight game and improved to 17-11 (11-4 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 87-61, this past Thursday. Wright State led by just 43-38 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 61-46 lead with 12:04 left in regulation. Wright State shot 52.5% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Raiders was Parker Ernsthausen who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Wright State is averaging 74.1 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Loudon Love (15.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Billy Wampler (15.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), Cole Gentry (12.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), and Mark Hughes (9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Penguins are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.

Youngstown State has won 6 of their last 10 games and currently rank 100th in scoring offense, 33rd in three-pointers made per game, and 321st in scoring defense.

Wright State has won 9 of their last 10 games and currently rank 142nd in scoring offense, 99th in scoring defense, and 84th in rebound margin.

Youngstown State wasn’t able to pull off the upset victory at Northern Kentucky, however, the Penguins have been playing their best basketball of the season since the beginning of February and if anything, showed the rest of the Horizon that there are a team that has the ability to beat anyone with their near upset of Northern Kentucky on the road. Wright State has been rolling as of late and has been solid at home as of late, however, I think the Penguins offense will be able to do some damage agianst the Raiders defense and I think Youngstown State will be able to do enough with this many points to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
Youngstown State Penguins +12

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