Youngstown State vs Michigan Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/10/23
Michigan Wolverines (1-0) vs Youngstown State Penguins (0-1)
Game Info: Friday, November 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Crisler Center)
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The Youngstown State Penguins will play the Michigan Wolverines in a non-conference game on Friday night at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Youngstown State lost their season opener to Louisiana, while Michigan got a nice win over UNC Asheville.
Youngstown State Preview
The Youngstown State Penguins are 0-1 this season after they lost to Louisiana by a score of 72-62 in their first game. Youngstown State had trouble scoring consistently in this game, as they managed only 31 points in each half. The Penguins shot 40% from the field, 8.7% on three pointers, and 66.7% on three pointers in the loss. Youngstown State recorded 43 rebounds, four assists, and they turned the ball over 17 times in the game. Brandon Rush led the Penguins with 14 points and eight rebounds, while DJ Burns added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Youngstown State allowed 72 points on 35.4% field goal shooting, but they did allow 24 free throw attempts in the loss.
The Michigan Wolverines are 1-0 this year after they defeated UNC Asheville by a score of 99-74 in their first game. Michigan scored 48 points in the first half and they followed it up with a 51 point second half for the win. The Wolverines shot 56.7% from the field, 46.2% on three pointers, and 73.3% on free throws in the game. Michigan recorded 39 rebounds, 20 assists, and only nine turnovers in the win. Olivier Nkamhoua led the Wolverines with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Dug McDaniel added 22 points and eight assists. Michigan allowed 74 points on 40% shooting from the field, but they did allow 10 three pointers in the game.
Michigan looked very impressive in their first game of the year against a UNC Asheville team that was in the NCAA Tournament last season and returned their best player. The Wolverines had a very disappointing season last year and I don’t love Howard’s in-game coaching, but he is out right now, so I expect the Wolverines to play better over the next month or so. Michigan’s defense was an issue at times last year and they didn’t look great in the first game, but their offense covered it up. I don’t expect Youngstown State to slow Michigan down and I am not confident in their offense to keep up, so I will take Michigan here.