Oakland vs. Youngstown State - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Youngstown State Penguins (15-11) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Athletics Center Orena)
The Line: Oakland Golden Grizzlies -4 -- Over/Under: 137
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The Youngstown State Penguins will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Youngstown State Penguins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-11 (8-5 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans, 76-72, this past Thursday night. Youngstown State le by a 38-27 margin at halftime and held off a late Detroit Mercy comeback after holding a 72-60 lead with 2:39 left in regulation. Youngstown State shot 52.7% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Penguins was Garrett Covington who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 73.1 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Darius Quisenberry (15.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Naz Bohannon (10.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Michael Akuchie (9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 9-17 (4-9 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Cleveland State Vikings, 79-74, this past Thursday night. Oakland was solid offensively against the Cleveland State defense and held a lead throughout the 2nd half after entering halftime with a 37-31 lead. Oakland shot 48.3% from the field and forced Cleveland State into committing 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Rashad Williams who had 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 66.2 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Rashad Williams (21.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Xavier Hill-Mais (15.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Brad Brechting (9.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg).
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.6.
The Penguins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games agianst Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Youngstown State comes into this game ranked 127th in scoring offense, 236th in scoring defense, and 73rd in rebound margin.
Oakland has been led by their defense this season, which ranks 184th in scoring defense & 151st in defensive FG%, however, the offensive has struggled and comes into this match-up ranked just 302nd in scoring offense.
It’s been a tough season for the Golden Grizzlies, however, their offense numbers have been much better lately since the return of Rashad Williams. Youngstown State hasn’t had much success on the road this season posting just a 4-8 road record and as the Penguins barley pulled out a victory over an Oakland team that didn’t have Rashad Williams, I think Oakland will be able to do enough at home to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!