Betting on today’s Raiders and Penguins game? Catch the action at Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH, as the Penguins hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this Horizon League conference contest is set at 165.5 points, with the Penguins being the favored team playing at home against the Raiders.
WRIGHT STATE RAIDERS VS YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Youngstown State Penguins -1.5
This game will be played at Beeghly Center at 9:00 ET on Friday, January 12th.
WHY BET THE YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Penguins.
- Not only will Youngstown State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 165.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Are the Raiders Ready for a Win at Youngstown?
Wright State enters this game with a 9-8 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Horizon League play. They have won three straight games, and their road record this season is 2-5.
As the underdog, the Raiders are 2-4 this season, and they are 5-4 when they are favored. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -4.6 points per game.
As the underdog, Wright State has gone 3-3 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Raiders have a mark of 6-4 vs. the spread.
Over their last three games, the over/under record for Wright State is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 177 points. For the season, their over/under record is 11-4 and the average scoring total in their games is 167.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 165.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (157.8) and so far, 13 of their games have had a lower over/under line than today’s OU line.
Wright State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 101 points against Robert Morris. This output exceeded their season average of 85.8 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Trey Calvin, who is averaging 19.5 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tanner Holden also maintains a PPG average of 17.8 heading into game.
So far, the Raiders’ defense is ranked 312nd in the country at 79.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Robert Morris, the Colonials finished with a field goal percentage of 37% and a total of 76 points vs. Wright State.
Can the Penguins Offense Score Enough at Home?
Youngstown State comes into this game as a 1.5-point favorite. So far this season, the Penguins have been favored in seven games, going a perfect 7-0.
At home this season, Youngstown State has been nearly unbeatable, going 5-0. Their average scoring margin at home is +12.0 points per game.
Youngstown State has gone 3-2 against the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite and have an overall ATS mark of 6-6 this season. Their ATS record at home is 3-2 and they are 1-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.
Youngstown State’s over/under record for the season is 5-6-1 and the average scoring total in their games is 147.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 165.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (148.2). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 157 points.
Youngstown State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 93 points against Purdue Fort Wayne. This output exceeded their season average of 81.5 points per game. The Youngstown State offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 27.2 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 34% of their looks from outside this season.
Currently, the Penguins’ defense holds the 139th rank in the nation, allowing 70.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.4 threes per game vs. Wright State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.4%.