Western Michigan Broncos vs. Youngstown State Penguins Betting Prediction


The Youngstown State Penguins (3-7) will be at home in the Beeghly Physical Education Center when they clash with the Western Michigan Broncos (4-4). Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Western Michigan Broncos at Youngstown State Penguins ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Penguins were beaten by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 69-53, while the Broncos were victorious over the Detroit Titans, 89-76.

Western Michigan played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 53.7 and a free throw rate of 0.288. For those same stats, Detroit put up marks of 35.8 and 0.214, respectively. Youngstown State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.6 vs. 34.3). Kendale Hampton had a solid outing for Youngstown State with 15 points. Meanwhile, Western Michigan was led by Seth Dugan, who finished with 32 points, 22 rebounds and six assists.

It will be a showdown of contrasting styles as the fast-breaking Penguins will look to push the more grind-it-out Broncos. Since the 2017-18 season, the Penguins rank fifth in possessions per game while the Broncos are 209th. The Broncos should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 56th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent), while the Penguins have forced the 80th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 20.1 percent).

Western Michigan Broncos at Youngstown State Penguins Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Youngstown State, ATS Winner – Youngstown State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Youngstown State averages 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks third in the nation. Western Michigan ranks 246th in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
  • The Penguins rank 112th in assists per game (14.0) while the Broncos rank 155th in assists allowed per game (13.3).
  • The Broncos rank 122nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.1) while the Penguins rank 270th (35.9).
  • Western Michigan averages 6.1 steals per game, which ranks 150th in the country. Youngstown State ranks 206th in steals allowed per game (7.0).