Hor foes will clash when the Northern Kentucky Norse (12-6, 4-2 Hor) meet the Youngstown State Penguins (11-7, 4-1 Hor) at BB&T Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
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The last time the Penguins played, they won a close one over the Detroit Titans, 69-67. Darius Quisenberry was the game’s high scorer with 16 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Youngstown State played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.373 (above their season average of 0.202) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.0 (below their season average of 34.8). For those same stats, Detroit was 0.211 and 25.0, respectively.
The Norse come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the IUPUI Jaguars in their last outing, 96-71. Northern Kentucky rallied around Tyler Sharpe, who was the top scorer from either team with 33 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Northern Kentucky couldn’t miss, shooting 56.1 percent from the field. IUPUI, on the other hand, had a field goal percentage of 38.1.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Norse won both meetings played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Northern Kentucky won 76-69. The Norse played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.578 and a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 48.0. The Penguins were 0.172 and 38.2, respectively, for those same stats.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Northern Kentucky figures to have a significant edge. The Norse defense ranks 90th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464), while the Youngstown State offense is ranked 282nd in effective field goal percentage (0.477).
Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Northern Kentucky, ATS Winner – Northern Kentucky, O/U – Under
The Norse rank 40th in steals per game (8.3) while the Penguins rank 116th (6.8).
Northern Kentucky is fourth in the nation with 2.0 blocks allowed per game while Youngstown State is 40th with 2.7 blocks allowed per game.
Youngstown State ranks 48th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Northern Kentucky ranks 177th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
The Norse rank 30th in three pointers attempted per game (27.2) while the Penguins rank 123rd (22.8).
Northern Kentucky ranks 51st in assists per game (14.9) while Youngstown State ranks 137th in assists allowed per game (12.8).
The Norse’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.0, down from 8.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Penguins have scored an average of 71.4 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (1.2 above their season average).