The Youngstown State-Oakland men’s basketball game scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 has been selected to be televised on ESPN2, the League office was informed by ESPN this week. Game time is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at the Beeghly Center and marks the third regular season ESPN linear broadcast of the season.


The Penguins are currently sitting in a tie for first place in the HL standings at 6-2 as they are riding a four-game winning streak. YSU has one of the top offenses in the country leading the nation in points per possession (1.144) while also ranking top-10 in 3-point percentage (2nd - 40.7), points per game (5th - 84.9), field goal percentage (6th - 50.3) and effective field goal percentage (6th - 57.6). Youngstown State has four players ranked in the top-20 in the League in scoring led by Dwayne Cohill at 16.7 points per game, followed by Brandon Rush at 14.4, Malek Green with 14.3 and Adrian Nelson at 11.6. 


The Golden Grizzlies sit at 5-3 through four weeks of Horizon League play as they have won five out of their last six contests. Over the past six games, the Golden Grizzlies are averaging 73.5 points and have shot over 50 percent three times. Jalen Moore has been the catalyst for Oakland as he is averaging 17.8 points over the six games, shooting 86.5 percent from the foul line (45-52) and averaging over five assists per contest. Trey Townsend has also been a big factor the Oakland this year averaging 16.6 points on 51.6 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, all top-10 rankings in the HL this season.


This is the third of five regular season games that will be televised on ESPN’s linear networks and is a part of the League’s “Anything Can Happen” campaign that fans can follow along on social media by using #HLMBBonESPN. The first ESPN linear broadcast this season saw Purdue Fort Wayne outlast Oakland in overtime, 79-73, and the second game saw Wright State complete a second-half comeback to defeat Detroit Mercy, 80-75. Last season, four out of the five games were decided by single digits with three of those games decided by four points or less.


Continuing a relationship that began during the 2014-15 season, ESPN+ is the home for the League’s live streaming game content. The Horizon League has scheduled to stream every conference basketball game for an industry-best 16 consecutive seasons, beginning its streak in 2007 with the groundbreaking Horizon League Network. In addition, ESPN has aired every men’s basketball championship game dating back to the 1988 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship.

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