Oakland Grizzlies (16-10; 7-16 ATS; 11-12 O/U) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (7-20; 11-13 ATS; 13-11 O/U)
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will target their third straight win when they battle the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League action Wednesday night from the Beeghly Physical Education Center. The Grizzlies notched an 87-78 home win against Detroit on Friday night, and the Penguins defeated IUPUI 84-80 on Saturday. Oakland recorded a 95-82 home win against Youngstown State last month.
Nunn Leads Golden Grizzlies to Eighth Conference Win
The Oakland Grizzlies accumulated 49 points in the second half in their 87-78 home win against Detroit on Friday to boost their conference record to 8-5. The Grizzlies were able to post a 48% clip from the field while holding Detroit to a 43% shooting performance. Grizzlies’ leading scorer Kendrick Nunn was outstanding, collecting 28 points on 10 for 18 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. The senior guard is having an incredible season, reaching the 30-point mark nine times, and is now averaging 26.1 points on 44% shooting. Jalen Hayes also had a strong night in the Grizzlies’ latest win, notching 19 points and six rebounds. The senior forward has tallied a combined 40 points in his last two games and stands second in team scoring with 19.1 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game.
The Golden Grizzlies have rebounded from a mini two-game skid by winning two straight games. They are very potent offensively, however, their defensive play has struggled at times, and they are ranked at 155th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. Oakland features a solid 4-2 road record in conference play, and are currently averaging 80.4 points per game, good for 44th in the country. They are allowing an average of 78.3 points, placing them 311th overall.
Penguins Snap Skid with Road Win vs. IUPUI
The Youngstown State Penguins found the win column with an 84-81 road win against IUPUI on Saturday to bring their Horizon League record to 5-9. The Penguins posted a stellar 51% clip from the field and limited IUPUI to a 46% shooting performance. Penguins’ leading scorer Cameron Morse was tremendous, sinking 28 points on 8 for 17 shooting. The senior guard is red-hot, scoring a combined 54 points in his last two games, increasing his season average to 15.1 points on 37% shooting. Garrett Covington also came through with a strong performance in the Penguins’ latest win, netting 14 points on a 5 for 7 shooting performance. The freshman guard has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last five games, and he is third in team scoring 8.1 points on 44.7% shooting.
Youngstown State snapped a five-game losing streak in Saturday’s win, and each of their last two wins both came against IUPUI. They posses a 3-3 home record in conference play, and are positioned down at 324th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. The Penguins are scoring an average of 75.4 points per game, ranking them 134th overall. They are a poor defensive team, conceding an average of 82.9 points, placing them 340th in the country.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games at Youngstown State.
- 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
- 45-21-1 ATS in their last 67 games following a straight up win.
The Youngstown State Penguins are:
- 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
I am taking Oakland in this matchup. Oakland is an offensive powerhouse and they are up against one of the worst defensive teams in the country. Youngstown State has allowed an average of 88.6 points in their last five games, and Oakland was able to shoot a sizzling 63% in their 95-82 win against Youngstown State earlier this season. Furthermore, Youngstown State is shooting a poor 43% on the season, and they have been very inconsistent offensively. Oakland’s strong scoring should lead them to a convincing road win.