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Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky - 2/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky Norse (19-7) at Wright State Raiders (19-8)

College Basketball: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Nutter Center)

The Line: Wright State Raiders +1.5 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Nutter Center to take on the Wright State Raiders this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 5th straight game and improved to 19-7 (12-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 86-80, this past Saturday. Northern Kentucky led by a 47-37 margin at halftime and pulled away late after taking an 83-75 lead with just 1:48 left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 48.3% from the field and 95.0% (19-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 79.1 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (16.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), Lavone Holland II (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Carson Williams (12.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jordan Garnett (6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

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Wright State vs. Northern Kentucky - 2/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wright State Raiders had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 19-8 (11-3 Horizon) on the season after being defeated by the Milwaukee Panthers, 74-73, this past Saturday. Wright State fought back from a 73-57 deficit with just 3:47 remaining to make it a game late, however, couldn’t pull off the come from behind victory after the Raiders game-winning three-point attempt came up short as time expired. Wright State allowed Milwaukee to shoot 59.2% from the field and 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Raiders was Loudon Love who had a double-double with 20 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Wright State is averaging 72.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Grant Benzinger (14.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Loudon Love (12.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Justin Mitchell (11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.9 spg), and Mark Hughes (10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Norse are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Northern Kentucky has won 8 of their last 9 games and has been great on both ends of the court this season as the Norse rank 61st in scoring offense and 31st in scoring defense. Wright State has won 4 of their last 7 games and have been led by their defense that ranks 32nd in scoring defense and 61st in defensive FG%. Wright State is an impressive 12-2 at home however, the Raiders can at times be an inconsistent team as they’ve shown with their recent loss at Cleveland State and as I think the Northern Kentucky defense can give Wright State’s 230th ranked offense trouble, I’m taking Northern Kentucky to cover this small road spread. 

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