The Northern Kentucky Norse (20-8, 12-4 Hor) will travel to Beeghly Physical Education Center to challenge the Youngstown State Penguins (16-12, 9-6 Hor) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
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In the Norse’s last matchup, they beat the Cleveland State Vikings, 73-59. Dantez Walton was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting. The Norse had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 6.0 (better than their season average of 16.2) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.8 (above their season average of 30.5).
The Penguins come in on a high note after blowing out the Wright State Raiders in their last game, 88-70. With 41 points on 14-for-26 shooting, Darius Quisenberry was the game’s leading scorer. Youngstown State played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 46.7 (above their season average of 36.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.581 (above their season average of 0.480). Wright State had marks of 21.6 and 0.475, respectively, for those same stats.
Look for Youngstown State to dominate the offensive glass in this battle. The Penguins rank ninth in offensive rebounding percentage (36.3 percent), while Northern Kentucky ranks 281st in defensive rebounding percentage (69.7 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Norse won 88-63. Northern Kentucky’s 0.602 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Youngstown State, who had a rate of 0.375. Tyler Sharpe was the game’s leading scorer with 33 points.
Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Youngstown State Penguins Free Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Youngstown State, ATS Winner – Youngstown State, O/U – Under
Northern Kentucky ranks ninth in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Youngstown State ranks 98th (3.2).
The Penguins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 2.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Norse have scored an average of 71.4 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (1.9 above their season average).