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Youngstown State favored by -7 against Detroit on Saturday

Detroit TitansYoungstown State Penguins
8-11January 18, 2014, 07:05 | Beeghly Center11-8

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Youngstown State vs Detroit battle Saturday at Beeghly Center as the Penguins look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Titans will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 7-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Penguins are 7-6 ATS. Detroit is 4-12 against the total, while Youngstown State is 6-6 versus the number.

View Detroit Titans vs Youngstown State Penguins Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Youngstown State sat as -7-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 Penguins rated this week at No. 154 and the Titans sitting at No. 181.

In their last action, Detroit was a 78-70 loser at home against Valparaiso. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Detroit got 35 points from Juwan Howard, Jr. en route to a 78-70 loss at the hands of Detroit on Wednesday at Calihan Hall.

Youngstown State was a 67-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Cleveland State. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Penguins used a 31-point performance from Kendrick Perry to help Youngstown State smack Cleveland State 67-66 on Monday at Beeghly Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Youngstown State has the nation's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 79.84 PPG. The visiting Titans defense ranks No. 161 allowing on average 71 PPG. The Penguins FG% has averaged 46.26% so far, more than the Titans marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.61% per game.

A few Titans at Penguins trends to consider:
Detroit is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Youngstown State
Detroit is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Youngstown State
Youngstown State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Youngstown State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Detroit
Youngstown State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Youngstown State's last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Wisc-Milwaukee, Friday, January 24th
Youngstown State at Valparaiso, Thursday, January 23rd