Oklahoma State vs Youngstown State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/15/23

Youngstown State Penguins (24-9) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-15)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Beeghly Physical Education Center)

Betting Odds: Youngstown State Penguins +5.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys will play the Youngstown State Penguins in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Oklahoma State Preview

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 18-15 (8-10) this season after they lost to Texas by a score of 61-47 in the Quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Oklahoma State did not do themselves any favors down the stretch, losing six of their last eight games. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are averaging 68.5 points per game, 66.1 points against per game, 36.8 rebounds per game, and 12.5 assists per game. Bryce Thompson has led the Cowboys this season with 11.7 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Oklahoma State is shooting 43.2% from the field, 69.4% on free throws, and 31.1% on three pointers this year. 

Youngstown State Preview

The Youngstown State Penguins are 24-9 (15-5) this season after they lost to Northern Kentucky by a score of 75-63 in the Semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament. Youngstown State did finish first in the Horizon League during the regular season, but they have lost three of their last seven games. The Youngstown State Penguins are averaging 82.5 points per game, 72.6 points against per game, 35.2 rebounds per game, and 15.5 assists per game. Dwayne Cohill has led the Penguins this season with 17.8 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, and 3.5 rebounds per game. Youngstown State is shooting 49.1% from the field, 77.7% on free throws, and 36.8% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Oklahoma State is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The under is 3-1-1 in Oklahoma State’s last 5 games. Youngstown State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 game. The under is 4-1 in Youngstown State’s last 5 home games. 

Pick

Oklahoma State didn’t have a great record this season, but they held their own in arguably the toughest conference in the country. While the Cowboys did lose a good amount of games at the end of the season, they were able to keep most of those games close. Youngstown State won the Horizon League and they are scoring 82.5 points per game. This should be a good game, but I don’t think Youngstown State’s defense is going to be able to hold up, as they are allowing 72.6 points against per game. I like Oklahoma State in this matchup. 

David’s Pick Oklahoma State -5.5

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