Northern Kentucky Norse (12-3) at Oakland Grizzlies (6-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center O'Rena)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies +4 -- Over/Under: 149 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Northern Kentucky Norse will travel to the Athletics Center O’rena to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Kentucky Norse won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-3 (2-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 73-58, this past Sunday. Northern Kentucky was outstanding defensively agianst the Flames and had little trouble picking up the victory after taking a 44-28 halftime lead. Northern Kentucky held UIC to 36.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Flames by a 46-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had a double-double with 19 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Northern Kentucky is averaging 78.6 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Norse are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (18.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.7 apg), Tyler Sharpe (13.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Jalen Tate (12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Dantez Walton (11.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Norse have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-9 (2-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 76-74, this past Sunday. Oakland allowed Youngstown State to fight back into the game and take a late lead after the Golden Grizzlies led 69-60 margin with 6:13 remaining, however, Oakland was able to escape with the victory after a Karmari Newman three-pointers gave Oakland the led for good with just :22 seconds left in regulation. Oakland shot 55.8% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Brad Brechting who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 assists.
On the season, Oakland is averaging 77.9 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 42.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Xavier Hill-Mais (21.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Jaevin Cumberland (16.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg), Braden Norris (9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jordan Nobles (6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg).
Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to an average of 79.9 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of -5.7 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Norse are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Horizon League opponents however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Golden Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, however, just 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games following an ATS loss.
Northern Kentucky just completed a perfect 4-0 home stand and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as they rank 85th in scoring offense, 55th in scoring defense, & 30th in defensive FG%. Oakland just wrapped up a brutal 8-game road trip which included games against Xavier & Georgia and will hope that playing at home can help their defense that currently ranks 319th in scoring offense & 345th in defensive FG%. Oakland is a hard team to trust with their defense, however, their offense certainly can put up points as they rank 95th in scoring offense & 6th in 3P-FG%, and as the Norse has struggled ATS on the road, I think Oakland can do enough at home with the points to cover.