Youngstown State vs. Wright State - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Youngstown State vs. Wright State - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Wright State Raiders (23-5) at Youngstown State Penguins (15-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Physical Education Center)

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The Wright State Raiders will travel to the Beeghly Center to take on the Youngstown State Penguins this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Wright State Raiders won their 4th straight game and improved to 23-5 (13-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 104-64, this past Sunday. Wright State raced out to a 15-0 lead to start off the game and had the victory wrapped up at halftime after entering the break with a 60-23 lead. Wright State shot 58.1% from the field and 51.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Loudon Love who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

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On the season, Wright State is averaging 82.5 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Loudon Love (15.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 bpg), Bill Wampler (15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Tanner Holden (12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Youngstown State Penguins had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-12 (8-6 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 72-64, this past Saturday. Youngstown State Youngstown State offensively agianst the Golden Grizzlies and couldn’t fight back after a 9-0 Oakland run gave the Golden Grizzlies a 52-34 lead with 9:35 left in regulation. Youngstown State shot 36.6% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Penguins was Devin Morgan who had 20 points, 1 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Youngstown State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Penguins are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Youngstown State has been led by Darius Quisenberry (15.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Naz Bohannon (10.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Michael Akuchie (9.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Penguins have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 0.0.

The Raiders come into this game with an 13-11-2 ATS record on the season, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Penguins are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Wright State.

Wright State has been led by their offense this season which comes into this game ranked 4th in scoring offense, 50th in FG%, and 24th in 3P-FG%.

Youngstown State comes into this game ranked 130th in scoring offense, T-234th in scoring defense, and 66th in rebound margin.

Wright State is the team to beat in the Horizon this season and have been lights out as of late, winning their last 4 games all by double—digits, however, I think this is could be a tough game against a Youngstown State team that has given the Raiders trouble recently and come in with an impressive 11-3 record. I think the public is going to be jumping all over Wright State at this line, however, as the Penguins were competitive on the road against the Raiders earlier this season and that I think the Penguins offense will have success at home, I’m taking Youngstown State and the points in this one. Good Luck!

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