IPFW Mastodons (2-4) at Northern Kentucky Norse (4-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm (BB&T Arena)
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -7 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Northern Kentucky Norse meet in college basketball action from the BB&T Arena on Saturday.
The Fort Wayne Mastodons will look to rebound from their 2-4 start after falling to Northern Kentucky by a final score of 75-68 in their last outing. Jarred Godfrey leads Fort Wayne in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.2 PPG and 4 APG, shooting 54.4% from the floor and 48.3% from 3-point range in addition to his 2.2 steals per game. Demetric Horton is 2nd on the team in scoring with 11.8 PPG as well as 2.3 APG and 2 steals per game and Bobby Planutis and Jalon Pipkins each have 10.2 PPG this season to make up the core four of double-digit scorers for Fort Wayne this season, with Planutis grabbing 3.8 RPG while Pipkins leads the Mastodons in assists with 3.2 APG this season. As a team, Fort Wayne is averaging 75.2 PPG on 51.5% shooting from the field, 40.6% from 3-point range and 71.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 79 points on 47.8% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season.
The Northern Kentucky Norse will try to get above .500 after improving to 3-4 on the year with their victory over Fort Wayne on Friday. Trevon Faulkner leads the Norse in scoring with an average of 17.4 PPG along with 5.1 RPG, 2.8 APG and 2.3 steals per game while Marques Warrick is 2nd in scoring with 12.4 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range. Bryson Langdon is NKU’s 3rd and final double-digit scorer coming into this game, averaging 10 PPG as well as a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Norse in assists. David Bohm has 8.5 PPG and Adrian Nelson has 7.4 PPG while leading Northern Kentucky in rebounding with 11.1 RPG this season. As a team, Northern Kentucky is averaging 70.9 PPG on 43.4% shooting from the field, 28.6% from behind the 3-point line and 65.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.1 points on 47.5% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season.
Fort Wayne is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Northern Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record.
The Norse won the game by about this number on Friday, and beating the same team twice in as many days is a tall ask. However, IPFW’s been brutal against the number this season and you’re up a bunch just blindly fading them up to this point. It was a matter of time before Northern Kentucky turned things around after a slow start and at home is where the Norse usually do their best work. I’ll lay the points with Northern Kentucky in this spot.