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Wisc-Green Bay vs. Northern Kentucky orse - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky Norse (4-7) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (7-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix -11 -- Over/Under: 158 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Northern Kentucky Norse dropped to 4-7 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 90-73, this past Wednesday. Northern Kentucky had a strong first half but struggled offensively in the 2nd half as they were outscored by Toledo by a 45-29 margin. Northern Kentucky shot 48.2% from the field by was outrebounded by Toledo by a 42-26 margin. The Norse allowed the Rockets to shoot 47.6% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Northern Kentucky was Lavone Holland II who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. On the season, the Norse have been led by Jalen Billups (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Tyler White (11.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Lavone Holland II (11.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Northern Kentucky is averaging 71.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Norse are shooting 67.0% from the FT line. Defensively, Northern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average of 73.9 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Norse average 32.6 rebounds per game and is holding their opponents to 35.3% shooting from three-point range.

Wisc-Green Bay vs. Northern Kentucky orse - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 7-5 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 78-72, this past Monday. After being tied 36-36 at halftime, Green Bay used a 7-0 run midway the 2nd half to take a four-point lead and never looked back in the victory. Green Bay shot 51.9% from the field and outrebounded Morehead State by a 36-34 margin. The Phoenix allowed the Eagles to shoot 44.1% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Green Bay was Jamar Hurdle who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Phoenix have been led by Carrington Love (19.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.7 spg), Jordan Fouse (11.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.5 spg), and Charles Cooper (10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Offensively, Green Bay is averaging 84.3 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting. The Phoenix have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of 6.7.

The Norse are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Phoenix are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Northern Kentucky will open up conference play for the first time in the Horizon Conference however, could be in for a long season if they don’t find some answers on the defensive end. Green Bay is far different team for last year’s 24-win team as they are playing at a faster pace and using their offensive to win games. Green Bay has won 7 of their last 9 games and I think that Carrington Love and Jordan Fouse will be able to provide enough offense to cover this spread. Take Green Bay to cover. 

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