Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Penguins and Jaguars. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Jaguars at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN. Get ready to place your bets! In this Horizon League matchup, Youngstown State is favored by -14.5 vs. IUPUI. The over/under for the game is 145.5 points.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS VS IUPUI JAGUARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: IUPUI Jaguars +14.5

This game will be played at Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.

WHY BET THE IUPUI JAGUARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Jaguars.
  • Not only will IUPUI pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Youngstown State Grab a Win on the Road?

Through 20 games this season, Youngstown State has a record of 14-6. They have been perfect at home, going 6-0, and are 4-5 on the road. The Penguins have won their last six games at home.

Today, Youngstown State will be the favorite for the ninth time this season. They have yet to lose as the favorite, going 9-0. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +11.7 points per game, compared to +1.2 on the road.

As the favorite, Youngstown State has gone 6-3 vs. the spread this season and is 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games as the favorite. On the road, the Penguins have an ATS mark of 5-4 this year and are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games.

Youngstown State’s over/under record for the season is 6-8-1 and today’s over/under line of 145.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (149.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2. So far, 10 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 145.5.

Youngstown State’s offense had a good outing, putting up 105 points against Detroit. They achieved a 63.3% field goal percentage and went 15/15 from the free-throw line. Ziggy Reid led the team in scoring, putting up 22 points. Additionally, EJ Farmer contributed 18 points for the Penguins.

The Penguins’ defense is presently ranked 120th nationally, allowing an average of 70.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Youngstown State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.2% this season.

Can IUPUI Pull Off a Home Win?

Through 21 games, IUPUI has a record of 6-15. They are 2-8 in Horizon League play and 4-7 in non-conference games. As the underdog, they are 3-14 this season. At home, the Jaguars have gone 1-8, and their average scoring margin is -10.6 points per game. They have lost four straight games at home.

Most recently, IUPUI fell to Robert Morris by a score of 80-63. Over their last 10 games at home, the Jaguars are 3-7. For the season, they have been the underdog in 17 of their 21 games.

As the underdog this season, IUPUI has gone 5-12 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 5-13. At home, the Jaguars have an ATS record of just 2-7 and are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three home games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, IUPUI is 4-6.

Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in IUPUI’s games this season (143.1). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the IUPUI offense ended with 63 points against Robert Morris. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44% and made 3 threes. Coming into the game, the Jaguars offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 26%. On average, they get up 14.7 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 13.8 made free-throws.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, IUPUI is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.7 points per game (272nd). IUPUI’s three-point defense is currently 131st in the country at 7.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.1% of their shots vs. IUPUI.