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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Panthers underdogs vs Penguins at Wisc-Milwaukee

Youngstown State PenguinsWisc-Milwaukee Panthers
Jan 19, 8:00 PM | U.S. Cellular Arena

Youngstown State Penguins vs Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Odds

9-8TEAM RECORD5-13

Youngstown State pays a visit to Wisc-Milwaukee on Saturday, hoping to send the Panthers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at U.S. Cellular Arena.

The Panthers sit at 5-13 (6-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Penguins are currently 9-8 (4-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-7 OU, and Youngstown State is 5-3-1 OU.

View Youngstown State vs Wisc-Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Wisc-Milwaukee in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 277 and the Penguins at No. 75 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-60 result in favor of the Penguins.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisc-Milwaukee's No. 286 nationally ranked offense (62.2 points per game) against a Penguins defense that sits as the No. 178 at 66.3 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 37.6% from the field, less than the Penguins have managed so far this season (41.8% on average).

Defensively, Youngstown State features the nation's No. 108-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.6 points per game. Wisc-Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 245 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Youngstown State was a 67-58 loser on the road against Wisc-Green Bay. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. The Penguins endured a 67-58 loss at the hands of the Phoenix on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Kendrick Perry at Resch Center.

Wisc-Milwaukee was a 69-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Cleveland State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers grabbed a 69-57 win over the Vikings on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Austin Arians at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wright State are 3-7
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 9-1
After playing Cleveland State are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Penguins at Panthers trends to consider:
Youngstown State is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Youngstown State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee
Wisc-Milwaukee is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Youngstown State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Youngstown State
Wisc-Milwaukee is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing Youngstown State
Wisc-Milwaukee is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Youngstown State

Next up:
Youngstown State home to Wright State, Wednesday, January 23
Wisc-Milwaukee at Illinois-Chicago, Wednesday, January 23