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Youngstown State Penguins visit St. John's Red Storm in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Youngstown State PenguinsSt. John's Red Storm
8-5December 21, 2013, 02:00 | Carnesecca Arena7-3

The St. John's Red Storm host Youngstown State on Saturday, looking to build on their 7-3 mark against the 8-5 Penguins in college hoops action at Carnesecca Arena.

The Red Storm bring a 7-3 record (3-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 8-5 Penguins, who are 4-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed St. John's go 4-4 so far and the Penguins go 3-3.

View Youngstown State Penguins vs St. John's Red Storm Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Youngstown State before tip-off in this one found them as 13.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Red Storm sit at No. 143 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Penguins sit at No. 119 on the same chart.

In their last action, Youngstown State was a 71-59 winner at home against Bethune-Cookman. The Penguins got 19 points from Kendrick Perry as Youngstown State ran past Bethune-Cookman 71-59 on Tuesday at Beeghly Center.

In their last action, St. John's was an 81-57 winner at home against San Francisco. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The Red Storm blew out San Francisco on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 81-57 win at Carnesecca Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. John's has the nation's No. 133-rated offensive output, at 74.3 PPG. The visiting Penguins defense ranks No. 174 allowing on average 72.23 PPG. The Red Storm FG% has averaged 45.67% so far, less than the Penguins marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.1% per game.

A few Penguins at Red Storm trends to consider:
Youngstown State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Youngstown State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
St. John's is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
St. John's is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Youngstown State home to South Dakota, Sunday, December 29th
St. John's at Columbia, Saturday, December 28th