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NCAA hoops odds preview - Youngstown State vs. Pittsburgh

Youngstown State PenguinsPittsburgh Panthers
7-4December 14, 2013, 12:00 | Petersen Events Center9-0

The Pittsburgh Panthers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Youngstown State Penguins at Petersen Events Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

This season, the Panthers are 9-0 overall and 3-4 ATS, while the Penguins are 7-4 and 3-3 ATS. As for the totals, Pittsburgh boasts a 5-2 on the OU, and Youngstown State is 2-3.

View Youngstown State Penguins vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Panthers installed as -19-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Panthers and the No. 87-ranked Penguins, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Youngstown State, they were an 88-80 loser as they battled UMKC on the road. Kendrick Perry was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 2 rebounds but UMKC still won, 88-80, over Youngstown State on Saturday at Swinney Recreation Center.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was an 85-68 winner at home against Loyola Marymount. They failed to cover the 22-point spread as favorites. Pittsburgh earned an 85-68 victory over Loyola Marymount on Friday, getting 14 points from Cameron Wright at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 37 nationally ranked offense (81.67 points per game) against a Penguins defense that sits as the No. 156 at 71.73 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 49.23% from the field, more than the Penguins have managed so far this season (46.23% on average).

A few Penguins at Panthers trends to consider:
Youngstown State is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Youngstown State home to Bethune-Cookman, Tuesday, December 17th
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Tuesday, December 17th