East Tennessee State vs. Northern Kentucky - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Kentucky Norse (6-2) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers 0 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 86-49, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky went into halftime with a 38-28 lead and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 68-42 lead with 8:30 left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 59.3% from the field and 60.0% (12-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 85.3 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (15.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Lavone Holland II (14.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Carson Williams (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Jordan Garnett (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 6.6.
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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams, 82-77, this past Wednesday night. East Tennessee State led by a 58-47 margin midway through the 2nd half and held off a late Fordham charge to secure the victory. East Tennessee State shot 59.2% from the field and outrebounded Fordham by a 34-20 margin. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Desonta Bradford who had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 73.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 29.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Desonta Bradford (13.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Jalan McCloud (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Andre Edwards (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), and Devontavius Payne (10.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, East Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Norse are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Northern Kentucky has been outstanding on both sides of the ball this season as the Norse come into this matchup ranked 37th in scoring offense and 36th in scoring defense. East Tennessee State is 2-1 at home this season and have been decent on the defensive end creating turnovers as the Buccaneers rank 30th in steals per game. Northern Kentucky defeated East Tennessee State by a 81-63 margin at home in their season-opener and although playing at the Freedom Hall Civic Center will be more difficult, I think the Norse are the more talented team and that they’ll come out of this one with a victory. Take Northern Kentucky in this pick-em.