Morehead State vs. Northern Kentucky - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Kentucky Norse (3-3) at Morehead State Eagles (2-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Ellis Johnson Arena)
The Line: Morehead State Eagles -7 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to Ellis T. Johnson Arena to take on the Morehead State Eagles this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Kentucky Norse had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-3 on the season after being defeated by the North Carolina Central Eagles, 82-74, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t overcome a 42-29 halftime deficit in the loss. Northern Kentucky allowed North Carolina Central to shoot 50.8% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Norse are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (19.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), Lavone Holland II (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Carson Williams (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Jeff Garrett (6.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Northern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg on 41.9% shooting.
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The Morehead State Eagles lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 76-63, this past Friday. Morehead State had no answers offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 42-26 margin at halftime. Morehead State shot just 37.7% from the field and 26.9% (7-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was DeJuan Marrero who had a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Morehead State is averaging 78.2 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Xavier Moon (13.8 ppg, 2.2 apg), Malik Maitland (10.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.6 spg), DeJuan Marrero (9.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Miguel Dicent (6.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field.
The Norse are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a road underdog however are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Ohio Valley Conference opponents. The Eagles are 5-1-3 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Northern Kentucky joined the Horizon League last season and although they lost their best players in Jalen Billups, the Norse did bring in a talented recruiting class and returned three starters including Drew McDonald. Morehead State is a young team led by returning starter in Xavier Moon and has done a solid job creating turnovers as the Eagles are averaging 10.4 spg and have a turnover margin of 5.8. Northern Kentucky is certainly headed in the right direction however, Morehead State is the better team in this one and I think they’ll be able to do enough on their homecourt to cover this spread. Take Morehead State to cover.