Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Penguins vs. Nittany Lions CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(0-0) Youngstown State Penguins vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0)
Date: Wednesday November 10th, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania
CBB Moneyline Odds: Penguins +900 | Nittany Lions -1800
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Youngstown State +19 | Penn State -19 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 146.5
The Nittany Lions look to turn the page on a lackluster 2020-21 campaign as they host the Penguins of Youngstown State in both teams opener this Wednesday from the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania.
These two teams haven’t played since the 2011 season when Penn State won 82-71 as 9.5 favorites.
Youngstown State Penguins
The Youngstown State Penguins are coming off a decent season where they finished 15-12 overall and 9-11 in the Horizon League.
Their leading scorer, Naz Bohannon, has graduated and his production will be hard to replace. Bohannon averaged 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game last season which were all team highs. Furthermore, their second leading scorer, guard Darius Quisenberry, transferred to Fordham. He averaged 14.9 points per game.
The Penguins will rely on their three returning starters to make up for the lost production.
That includes 6ʻ5″ swingman Garrett Covington, who averaged 12.5 points and 4.6 rebounds a year ago. Shemar Rathan-Mayes will be back to man the point guard duties, he averaged 10.4 points and 3.5 assists a year ago. The third returning starter is Michael Akuchie, a 6ʻ8″ forward who averaged 9.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Big Ten is a brutally tough conference, so even an improved Penn State team will have trouble winning games. The Nittany Lions finished 11-14 overall and 7-12 in the Big Ten a year ago and will try to turn their program around on short notice.
It is hard to say, but probably not, as they lost their two top scorers in Myreon Jones (15.3 ppg) and Izaiah Brockington (12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and did not bring in any highly ranked freshmen or major college transfers. Carrying the load will be four key returning players and a few transfers from mid-major schools that could have an impact.
The top offensive threat could be Seth Lundy, a 6ʻ6″ forward who averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. Big man John Harrar (8.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg) will also be counted as, as will Sam Sessoms (8.2 ppg) and Myles Dread (7.3 ppg).
Among the newcomers are Jalen Pickett from Siena (12.9 ppg), Jaheam Cornwall from Gardner Webb (14.1 ppg, 3.8 apg), and Greg Lee from Western Michigan (13 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
CBB Betting Trends:
- Penguins are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games
Free Youngstown State Penguins vs. Penn State Nittany Lions NCAAB Prediction:
Both of these teams enter this season with hopeful optimism after a disappointing outcome a year ago. There is also a lot of missing production from both sides due to senior graduates and transfers.
Penn State is the better team here and plays much better competition on the regular but the 19 point line seems awfully large here. The Nittany Lions were not a good team last season and they lost their best two scorers.
The Penguins will be hungry on opening night and will keep this game manageable.
Give me Youngstown State on the road.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Youngstown State ATS
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