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Matchup: YSU (6-16, 2-7 Horizon League) at Oakland (10-12, 6-3).

Tip-off: 7 p.m. at Center O’Rena.

Radio/TV: WKBN 570 / ESPN3.

Coaches: YSU — Jerrod Calhoun is 14-41 in two seasons with the Penguins and 138-77 overall in seven seasons; Oakland — Greg Kampe is 636-348 in his 20th season with the Grizzles.

YSU starters: Naz Bohannon (6.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 57 assists), 6-6 sophomore forward; Darius Quisenberry (12.0 ppg, 3.2, 76 assists), 6-1 freshman guard; Ola Pedersen (3.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-8 freshman forward; Garrett Covington (11.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 31 steals), 6-5 sophomore guard, Jelani Simmons (7.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 50-percent from the floor), 6-5 freshman guard.

Oakland starters: Xavier Hill-Mais (20.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 51 assists), 6-7 redshirt-junior forward; Jaevin Cumberland (17.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 80 assists), 6-3 Jaevin Cumberland redshirt-junior guard; Braden Norris (8.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 109 assists), 6-0 freshamn guard; Brad Brechting (5.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 6-11 redshirt-junior center; Tray Maddox Jr. (6.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg), 6-5 freshman guard.

Series history: Oakland leads the series, 15-7. The Grizzlies won the last meeting, 76-74, on Dec. 30, 2018.

Notebook: YSU is two games behind a three-way tie for fourth place in the League. ... Oakland’s Hill-Mais is the League’s second leading scorer with 20.5 points per game. ... Bohannon is leading the League in offensive rebounding, averaging 4.1 a game. ... Bohannon is fourth in the nation in offensive rebounding. ... Oakland’s Norris leads the League in assists with 109 and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9.

Next: YSU plays at Detroit Mercy on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Matchup: YSU (15-5, 7-2 Horizon League) vs. Oakland (4-16, 1-8).

Tip-off: 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center.

Radio/TV: 1390 WNIO; ESPN Plus.

Coaches: YSU — John Barnes is 97-82 in six seasons with the Penguins and 244-134 overall in 12 seasons; Oakland — Jeff Tungate is 77-90 in his sixth season with the Grizzles.

YSU starters: Alison Smolinski (13.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 68 3-pointers), 5-9 senior guard; McKenah Peters (9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 34 assists), 5-9 sophomore guard; Sarah Cash (13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 26 assists), 6-1 redshirt-senior; Chelsea Olson (9.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 86 assists), 5-10 sophomore guard; Amara Chikwe (2.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg), 6-1 redshirt-freshman forward.

Oakland starters: Taylor Jones (13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 76 assists), 5-8 senior guard; Chloe Guingrich (6.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), 5-11 sophomore guard; Kahlaijah Dean (9.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg), 5-6 freshman guard; Nikita Telesford (4.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 6-2 redshirt-junior forward; Brianna Breedy (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 49 assists), 5-5 freshman guard.

Series history: The series is tied 11-11. YSU won the last meeting, 69-55, on Dec. 30, 2018.

Notebook: Mary Dunn is the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time this season ... She won the award after averaging 22.5 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 72 percent in two games last week. ... Dunn is one of four Penguins to earn the award this season, and a YSU player has won the award four of the past five weeks. ... YSU leads the Horizon League in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense, free-throw percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-pointers per game. It ranks second in scoring offense, scoring defense and rebounding margin. ... Oakland ranks third in the conference in blocks, and it is also in the top half in free-throw percentage, assists, steals and turnover margin. The Golden Grizzlies surrender a league-high 72.3 points per game on defense.

Next: YSU plays Detroit Mercy on Saturday at 1 p.m.

— The Vindicator

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