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NCAA hoops odds preview - Youngstown State vs. Cleveland State

Youngstown State PenguinsCleveland State Vikings
Dec 31, 2:00 PM | Wolstein Center

Youngstown State Penguins vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds

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Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Youngstown State when they take on the Vikings on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Vikings sit at 12-2 (4-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Penguins are currently 6-6 (4-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Cleveland State is 3-7-1 OU, and Youngstown State is 5-2-1 OU.

View Youngstown State vs Cleveland State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Penguins are listed as 13.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Vikings, most recently No. 186 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Penguins, who rate No. 242 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-64 victory for the Vikings.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland State's No. 255-ranked offense, averaging 64 PPG, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 162 at 66.1 PPG. The Vikings field goal percentage has averaged 42.8% so far, more than the Penguins marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.5% per game.

Defensively, Youngstown State features the nation's No. 221-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.5 points per game. Cleveland State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 224 nationally in scoring at home.

Youngstown State was a 59-56 loser in its last match at home against Robert Morris. Youngstown State suffered a 59-56 loss against Robert Morris on Thursday, getting 18 points from Kendrick Perry in a losing effort at Beeghly Center.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 72-64 winner on the road against Toledo. They failed to cover the 9–point spread as favorites. Cleveland State got 14 points from Trevon Harmon en route to a 72-64 victory over Toledo on Wednesday at Savage Arena.

Youngstown State Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-7
Before playing Loyola of Chicago are 5-5
After playing Robert Morris are 4-4
After a loss are 3-7

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-3
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 9-1
After playing Toledo are 1-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Penguins at Vikings trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Youngstown State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland State
Youngstown State is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Youngstown State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland State
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Youngstown State
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Youngstown State
Cleveland State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Youngstown State home to Loyola of Chicago, Thursday, January 5
Cleveland State home to Illinois-Chicago, Thursday, January 5

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