Cleveland State vs. Northern Kentucky - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Kentucky Norse (9-18) at Cleveland State Vikings (8-21)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Wolstein Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel – Ohio / ESPN 3
The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Wolstein Center to take on the Cleveland State Vikings this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Kentucky Norse lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-18 (5-11 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Wright State Raiders, 67-64, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky was down by a 32-27 lead at halftime and although the Norse was able to keep the game close in the 2nd half, never could gain the lead. Northern Kentucky shot 40.5% from the field and lost the turnover margin by a 16-12 margin. The Norse allowed the Raiders to shoot 46.0% from the field and was outrebounded by Wright State by a 32-23 margin. Leading the way for Northern Kentucky was Tyler White who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Norse have been led by Jalen Billups (12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Tyler White (11.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Lavone Holland II (11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Northern Kentucky is averaging 70.9 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field and 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Norse are allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting.
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The Cleveland State Vikings lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-21 (3-3 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Green Bay Phoenix, 78-61, this past Monday. Cleveland State was up by a 38-36 margin at halftime but allowed Green Bay to go on a 15-4 run early in the 2nd half to take control of the game and secure the win. Cleveland State struggled offensively as they shot just 38.6% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Vikings allowed the Phoenix to shoot 50.9% from the field and lost the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. Leading the way for Cleveland State was Vinny Zollo who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block, and a steal from off the bench. On the season, the Vikings have been led by Rob Edwards (12.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Demonte Flannigan (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Andre Yates (9.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Cleveland State is averaging 61.4 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field and 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Vikings average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.76. Defensively, Cleveland State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Norse are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Vikings are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Northern Kentucky has only picked up 9 wins on the season, however, has been better than expected in their first year in the Horizon as the Norse have picked up 5 conference wins. Cleveland State has had a long season mostly due to their offensive woes as the Vikings rank 339th in the country in scoring offense and 265th in FG%. Cleveland State has posted just a 4-8 record at home this season and as their offense has averaged just 55.8 ppg over their last five games, I think the Norse will continue their competitive play on the road and keep this one within the number. Take Northern Kentucky and the points.