Check out our free Purdue Fort Wayne vs Youngstown State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Youngstown. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Purdue Fort Wayne vs Youngstown State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Mastodons vs Penguins Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at Youngstown State Penguins
  • Where: Youngstown at Beeghly Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Purdue Fort Wayne +4, IPFW +151 | YNGST -187 O/U 152.0

Mastodons Preview:

Purdue Fort Wayne will take the floor against the Penguins with an overall record of 9-5. On the road, the Mastodons will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Mastodons have been the underdog 3 times, going 1-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s leading scorer this season is Jarred Godfrey who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Godfrey has accounted for 19.35% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.46 rebounds per game and 4.54 assists. Bobby Planutis is the second leading scorer for the Mastodons, averaging 12.93 points per game. Between him and Planutis, they are accounting for 36.2% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Purdue Fort Wayne comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 402nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mastodons’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 44.86% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.1%.

Penguins Preview:

The Youngstown State Penguins will be looking to pick up their 15th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. Currently, the Penguins have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Penguins’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Youngstown State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.

Youngstown State’s leading scorer this season is Dwayne Cohill who is averaging 18.0 points per contest. So far, Cohill has accounted for 21.18% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.5 rebounds per game and 4.14 assists. Malek Green is the second leading scorer for the Penguins, averaging 14.57 points per game. Between him and Green, they are accounting for 38.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Youngstown State this season, as they are currently ranked 154th in college basketball at 72.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Penguins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.7%, placing them 202nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Youngstown State Penguins -4

Heading into this matchup, with the Youngstown State Penguins sitting as -4 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Youngstown State and Purdue Fort Wayne are averaging 7.66 and 9.56 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Youngstown State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Penguins to cover at -4.


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