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Youngstown State faces Northern Kentucky tonight for the Horizon League Semifinal. Can the top-seed Penguins win this matchup? Matt McCuen answers.

Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky Prediction: Can the Penguins Win The Horizon League Semifinal?

The Northern Kentucky Norse and the Youngstown State Penguins will clash on Monday night with an opportunity to advance to the Horizon League Championship. We know that one of these two teams will play for a bid to March Madness this week. The question becomes, which one will it be?

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Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky Prediction

Youngstown State comes into this game probably feeling lucky to be here after a wild game against Detroit Mercy. The Penguins trailed for the majority of the game, but a late second-half run was enough to get them the win. They are the number one seed in the tournament, as they went 15-5 in conference play this year. If you are not familiar with the Penguins, keep an eye out for senior Dwayne Cohill, who is averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

The Norse, meanwhile, will look to pull off the upset and play for an opportunity to dance. Northern Kentucky feels good about their recent play, and they have beaten this Penguins team once already this season. The Norse have been led by junior guard Marques Warrick who was one of the best offensive players in the conference this year. Warrick enters play averaging 19.1 points per game. 

I am all over the Penguins tonight. Youngstown State has been the superior team all season long, and they will be the superior team again tonight. This is a game where I think that the Norse will struggle to keep pace with the Penguins; these two teams play completely different styles of play, as the Penguins want to play with pace and get out and run.

Northern Kentucky, meanwhile, wants to muck this game up and turn it into a rock fight. I trust the Penguins will control the pace and be too much to keep up with offensively. The Penguins averaged 83.1 points per game this season, while Northern Kentucky averaged just 68.2 points per game. Let’s stay hot and cash in tonight.

Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky Pick

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Youngstown State vs. Northern Kentucky Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
  • Start Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPNU, ESPN+

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Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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