Youngstown State Penguins at West Virginia Mountaineers ATS Prediction

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The Youngstown State Penguins (3-5) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2) clash at WVU Coliseum. The Penguins look to end a five-game road losing streak. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Youngstown State Penguins at West Virginia Mountaineers ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Mountaineers beat the Rider Broncs, 92-78, while the Penguins got blown out by the Robert Morris Colonials, 76-56.

West Virginia dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.300 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.5 (above their season average of 35.4). Rider had marks of 0.152 and 31.6, respectively, for those same stats. Youngstown State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (31.7 vs. 25.0). Lamont West was a key piece for West Virginia with 20 points and seven rebounds. Youngstown State was led by Kendale Hampton, who contributed 21 points.

The high-powered offense of West Virginia will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Youngstown State. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, the Mountaineers rank 30th in offensive efficiency, while the Penguins are 322nd in defensive efficiency. The Mountaineers should have the edge on that side of the ball. It could also be an error-filled game for the offense of the Penguins, which ranks 263rd in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.8 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Mountaineers, which has forced the 12th-most turnovers in the NCAA (22.9 percent).

Youngstown State Penguins vs. West Virginia Mountaineers ATS Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – West Virginia, ATS Winner – Youngstown State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • West Virginia averages 15.3 assists per game, which ranks 62nd in the country. Youngstown State ranks 300th in assists allowed per game (15.8).
  • The Mountaineers average 38.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 47th in the country. The Penguins rank 190th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
  • West Virginia ranks 58th in three pointers attempted per game (24.8) while Youngstown State ranks 108th in three pointers allowed per game (20.9).
  • The Mountaineers rank 15th in blocks per game (5.2) while the Penguins rank 235th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
  • West Virginia ranks 20th in steals per game (7.9) while Youngstown State ranks 229th in steals allowed per game (6.9).