Northern Kentucky vs. Youngstown State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky vs. Youngstown State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Youngstown State Penguins (11-7) at Northern Kentucky Norse (12-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Arena)

The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -9 -- Over/Under: 135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Youngstown State Penguins and the Northern Kentucky Norse meet in Horizon League college basketball action from the BB&T Arena on Thursday night.

The Youngstown State Penguins will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 69-67 win over Detroit last time out. Darius Quisenberry led the Penguins with 16 points along with a team-high 6 assists as the lone Youngstown State player to score in double figures in the win. Michael Akuchie added 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds with 3 steals while Donel Cathcart III added 8 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Quisenberry leads Youngstown State in scoring and assists with an average of 15.3 points and 3.6 assists per game while Naz Bohannon leads Youngstown State in rebounding with an average of 9.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 71 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 30.2% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

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The Northern Kentucky Norse will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 96-71 win over IUPUI last time out. Tyler Sharpe led the Norse with 33 points on 12 of 21 shooting with 4 threes while Trevon Faulkner added 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Bryson Langdon added 12 points with a team-high 7 assists to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Northern Kentucky in the win while Adrian Nelson had 6 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Dantex Walton continues to miss time with an arm injury, but he still leads Northern Kentucky in scoring and rebounding with an average of 18.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Jalen Tate leads the Norse in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Northern Kentucky is averaging 73.6 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 66.1% from the foul line this season.

Youngstown State is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Northern Kentucky is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

I get the Norse being favored at home, especially when you consider how much success the home team has had in this matchup. However, the Norse have played quite a bit on the road lately, and even though teams usually do their best work at home, after a lengthy road trip sometimes it takes a bit to get your feet underneath you. Youngstown State is playing some really good basketball right now and while I don’t think they win this game outright, I think the Penguins are capable of keeping this one within the number so I’ll take Youngstown State and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Youngstown State +9

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