Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Vikings versus the Penguins? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH. The odds for this Horizon League conference game currently have Youngstown State as the -9.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 151.5 points.

CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS VS YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland State Vikings +9.5

This game will be played at Beeghly Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Penguins.
  • Even though we have Youngstown State winning straight-up, we like Cleveland State at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for Cleveland State?

After winning their last two games, Cleveland State is 19-13 overall and 12-9 in Horizon League play. They are 5-10 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin away from home is -4.1 points per game.

As the underdog, the Vikings are 4-9 this season. In their last game, they defeated IUPUI by a score of 85-66. Over their last 10 games on the road, Cleveland State has gone 5-5.

As the underdog, Cleveland State has an ATS record of 8-5 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-8 and over their last three road games, they are 2-1 vs. the spread. For the year, the Vikings are 15-16 vs. the spread.

Over their last three games, the over/under record for Cleveland State is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points. On the season, their over/under record is 15-16 and the average scoring total in their games is 149.4 points. Today's over/under line of 151.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (147.1) and there have been more games that have finished with fewer points than today's OU line (19) than games with more points (12).

Coming off a good offensive performance, Cleveland State's offense scored 85 points against IUPUI. Their field goal percentage for the game was 60%, and they went 5/11 from the free-throw line. Jayson Woodrich led the scoring for the Vikings, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Tristan Enaruna chipped in with 15 points.

Currently, the Vikings' defense holds the 202nd rank in the nation, allowing 73.0 points per game. Cleveland State's defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the IUPUI offense to knock down 60% of their shots on their way to putting up 66 points.

Can Youngstown State Pull Off a Home Win?

Youngstown State will look to continue their strong play at home, where they are 10-1 on the season. They have won two straight games and are 15-3 as the favorite this season. On the year, they are 22-9, including a 13-5 mark in Horizon League play.

Recently, the Penguins have been even better at home, going 8-2 over their last 10 games. In their most recent game, they defeated Detroit, 69-55. This season, Youngstown State is outscoring opponents by an average of 12.3 points per game at home.

Youngstown State has an ATS record of 14-11 this season, including a mark of 6-5 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Penguins are 5-5 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Youngstown State games is 12-12-1 with an average scoring total of 149.5. Today's over/under line of 151.5 is slightly higher than the average OU line in their games (149.9). Over their last three games, the OU record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 138 points. On the year, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

Coming off their recent game, the Youngstown State offense tallied 69 points in a matchup against Detroit. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.6%, and they made 12 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Ziggy Reid, who is averaging 14.7 heading into today's matchup. Additionally, DJ Burns also maintains a PPG average of 12.9 heading into game.

At present, the Penguins' defense is nationally ranked 128th, allowing 70.5 points per game. The Youngstown State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 55 points and allowed Detroit to connect on 12 threes.