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Oakland favored by -3.5 against Youngstown State on Friday

Youngstown State PenguinsOakland Grizzlies
13-9January 31, 2014, 07:00 | Athletics Center8-14

Oakland will look to improve on its 8-14 record on Friday when they host Youngstown State in NCAA basketball odds action at Athletics Center.

The Grizzlies currently sports a 8-14 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-12 ATS. The Penguins are 13-9 and 8-8 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Grizzlies produce a 8-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Penguins have gone 7-8 against the number.

View Youngstown State Penguins vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Oakland sat as -3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Grizzlies rated this week at No. 144 and the Penguins sitting at No. 165.

Youngstown State won its last outing, a 68-67 result against Wright State on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Youngstown State earned a 68-67 victory over Wright State on Saturday, getting 18 points from Kendrick Perry at Beeghly Center.

In their last action, Oakland was a 76-75 winner at home against Illinois-Chicago. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Oakland got 21 points from Kahlil Felder en route to a 76-75 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Athletics Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the nation's No. 107-rated offensive output, at 73.5 PPG. The visiting Penguins defense ranks No. 186 allowing on average 72.41 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 42.53% so far, less than the Penguins marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.59% per game.

A few Penguins at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Youngstown State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Youngstown State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Youngstown State's last 5 games
Youngstown State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Oakland is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Youngstown State at Wright State, Wednesday, February 5th
Oakland at Wisc-Milwaukee, Sunday, February 2nd