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Youngstown State vs Oakland Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Penguins vs Golden Grizzlies Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Youngstown State Penguins at Oakland Golden Grizzlies
  • Where: Rochester at Athletics Center O’rena
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Youngstown State -3, YNGST -166 | OAK +136 O/U 154.0

Penguins Preview:

Youngstown State heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-5. On the road, the Penguins will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 6-3. This season, Youngstown State has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 10-3. For today’s contest, Youngstown State has a betting line set -3 points in their favor.

Youngstown State’s leading scorer this season is Dwayne Cohill, who is averaging 17.5 points per contest. So far, Cohill has accounted for 20.62% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.78 rebounds per game and 4.61 assists. Malek Green is the second leading scorer for the Penguins, averaging 14.0 points per game. Between him and Green, they are accounting for 37.1% of the team’s scoring.

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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 they 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.

Golden Grizzlies Preview:

Oakland heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-11. So far this season, Oakland has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-4. For the season, Oakland has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 2-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Grizzlies being +3 point underdogs.

Oakland’s leading scorer this season is Trey Townsend, who is averaging 16.94 points per contest. So far, Townsend has accounted for 23.37% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.94 rebounds per game and 1.67 assists. Keaton Hervey is the second leading scorer for the Golden Grizzlies, averaging 12.39 points per game. Between him and Hervey, they are accounting for 40.5% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Oakland is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 30.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.47% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Youngstown State Penguins -3

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Youngstown State Penguins to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3 point betting favorites. Although Youngstown State as a team is just 153rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Grizzlies’ defense. In addition, the Penguins have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 8-2 (last 10). At -3 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Penguins to come out on top and cover.

 


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